Posted 5 years ago
Century Road Club with their Iver Johnson bicycles.1913
Next is close-up of the headlight that was used when these
two fellows went on a New York to San Francisco bicycle
race on May 3, 1913. (Shorpy)
Today I was fortunate to find the same bicycle lamp with the
help of Collectors Weekly.
Solar made by the Badger Brass Mfg. Co.
in Kenosha, Wis. U.S.A. pat'd Feb, 4, 1896 to Feb. 7, 1899.
The lamp is in excellent original condition & is equipped
with the nickel-plated C clamp as well. Rare since most I've seen the bracket clamp is usually missing. All the glass jewels
& front lens are intact.
Pellets of carbide were placed in the bottom & water was
placed in the top. A valve controlled the release of the
water into the carbide chamber. As water hit the carbide, a flammable gas was created which, when struck with a
lighter, ignited to create a bright light.
I will be attaching this beauty to my Iver Johnson bicycle
from the same period. I will keep the all brass headlight ,
called "Neverout" which I have already posted here &
will mount that lamp on another vintage bicycle from