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manmade mechanical carbide and lamps

Old brass cycle lamps from the UK, powered by acetylene. The top section is a water tank, a control lever allows water to drip onto calcium carbide in the base. The acetylene gas is produced and directed through a pipe to a jet where it burns with an intense white light. Calcium carbide is getting more difficult to obtain. Similar lamps are used by cavers, making caving supply shops the best source.

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