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.

Submitted By: Jim Symons
Date: March 2006

This Protector is a Type A1 Utility lamp. They usually has a more ornate badge referring to the fuel used. Basically such lamps were often used as sump oil heaters for cars or general purpose lamps. The upper section and other parts are derived from an old proper mines safety lamp, hence the occasional confusion. The give away for identifying this particular lamp is its outsize oil vessel. 

Submitted By: David Barrie
Date: May 2006


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