requested about The Clifford Lamp Company & William Clifford's patent
Flame Safety Lamp and Stokes' Cut Off System
Clifford Lamp Company Bonneted Clanny Lamp with "Stokes's Shut off".
anyone provide me with any further details about the above lamp and its
makers, the Clifford Lamp Company of Sheffield, South Yorkshire? In addition
can anyone throw any light on what exactly is a "Stokes's Cut Off"
lamp is of a type known as a bonneted Clanny. It measures 26 cm from its
base to the eye of its hook. The base of its oil vessel is 8.5 cm in diameter.
It has six brass bars protecting its glass. In order to fill the oil vessel
the lamp's burner has to be removed. It has one gauze. Its glass is 7 mm thick
and one end is rounded? I do not know if this is its original glass.
Clifford Lamp Company Bonneted Clanny Lamp broken down into its component parts.
are no identification number stamped on the lamp and its only markings are
those stamped on the top of the bonnet which read "STOKES'S SHUT OFF /
CLIFFORD LAMP Co.".
Clifford Lamp Company Bonneted Clanny Lamp - Bonnet top details.
have no history regarding this lamp other than that it may once have been
owned and used by the Sheffield Gas Company. What little I know about Mr.
William Clifford, the lamp's patentee is that which I found in "Practical
Coal Mining", Volume 5, 1907. To date I have contacted three mining
museums including Big Pit, Caphouse and Sheffield Industrial Museum but have
found little additional information.
Date: March 2006
have checked my files and the only information that I have comes from an
advert in 'The Colliery Guardian', unfortunately I do not have a date for
"The Clifford Lamp Company, Clarence Works, Bath Street, Sheffield.
Manufacturers of safety and other lamps. Sole manufacturers in the United
Kingdom of Clifford’s Patent Lamps."
further information for you is that in the Library of the Institute of Mining
& Mechanical Engineers at Newcastle on Tyne there is a catalogue of the
collection of lamps that were formerly in the Institute's possession, compiled
by A.Wedgewood. This catalogue was made in 1946 and includes descriptions of
79 lamps with photos of a good many of them.
The note on the Clifford lamp is:
"This lamp was produced in 1887 by Mr. W Clifford who had conducted tests
on safety lamps at the Neepsend Works of the Sheffield Gas Company."
You can view the catalogue and access photos of the lamps, including 2
Clifford lamps, on the Institute's website at www.mininginstitute.org
and follow the link to "Papers" and then "other items".
By: Alan Vickers
Mr. A.H. Stokes was a HM Inspector of Mines and invented this type of air shut
An Advertisement for the Clifford
Lamp Company - Colliery Guardian 1886.
Submitted By: David Shaw
Date: May 2006
produced two patent lamps (of which this is not one) and lamps with Stokes' cut
offs systems under licence. Stokes was a mines inspector who patented this device -
the cut off simply closes the upper holes in the bonnet. Stokes had a close
working relationship with Davis Derby who also produced lamps with the same
air flow cut off device.
Submitted By: David Barrie
Date: May 2006
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