Was this Eccles Lamp ever intended for use in Mines?
Can anyone provide me with any information regarding the above Eccles lamp? Its base measures 3.5 inches in diameter and is approximately 10 inches tall from its base to the top of its bonnet. I believe it is the same size as the M6 Eccles approved miner’s lamp. It would appear that the lamp’s glass has to be raised to light its wick as there is no flint striker for re-lighting. As per normal safety lamps it does contain a gauze mesh beneath its bonnet.
The lamp’s name plate reads “The Protector, Lamp & Lighting Co. Ltd, No. (a line with nothing on it); Makers ,Eccles. Manchester. Nowhere does it state that it is mines approved.
To date I have had two opinions on this lamp. The first is that it is a standard miners flame safety lamp given its design’s incorporates a locking device and wire gauze. I understand that not all such lamps have mines and quarries "approved” markings. The second opinion I have been given is that it is a "garage or utility lamp" that could be hung near a car's radiator to prevent freezing (prior to the use of antifreeze).
So what is it that I have here and who old is it? Any further information would be much appreciated.