An all-original 'king of the road' cycle lamp made in Birmingham England in the 1920s. The upper reservoir was filled with water and calcium carbide pellets placed in the lower glass bowl (sadly missing - but these can be found). When the water comes into contact with the carbide - acetylene gas is released that burns with a white light within the lamp hood. The amount of water that drips onto the carbide is adjustable - more water means more gas and a brighter light!
The lamp has it's original black painted finish, cantilever mount and a lovely little embossed 'Lucas - King of the Road' medallion complete with lion and torch emblem. The convex lens is intact together with two bejewelled side lights reminiscent of the old nautical theme - green on the left (port) and red on the right (starboard) .
A beautifully engineered item of cycling history that would make a great display piece for a cycling enthusiast or collector. Please note, whilst this lamp could be restored, acetylene gas is highly flammable and dangerous. This item is sold as a display piece only.