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Electro-Automate Dynamo Flashlight (c.1920 France)

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Posted 3 years ago

Kydur
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It was very difficult to find information on this item, having discovered only two other items online. I've determined (I think) that it's a French-made hand-lever-cranked dynamo flashlight from the 1920s. It has the number 59105 stamped on the barrel; although this doesn't appear to be a patent number since the other two I found also had numbers, but different.

Mine is missing the large ball-glass lens and light bulb but otherwise appears to be complete. Although the lever works and there's a spinning motion, the gears sound like they're stripped a bit so of course it was a moral imperative to take it apart and investigate. The casing appears to be made from machined aluminum and all the gears are brass. Inside the steel dynamo barrel is a crudely wound armature and the caps are brass.

The whole unit has a nice weight to it at 336 grams (11.85 ozs = 0.74 lbs). It measures 1.75" in diameter and 5" long.

I picked this up at a yard sale for $2 along with that mystery circular gauge tool in another of my CW postings.

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  1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
    Kydur, I've never seen one of these before. It's pretty cool! I think it was most definitely $2 well spent here.
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
    Aluminium was rare & expensive in the early yrs. & I would guess that this was made after 1920.
  3. Kydur Kydur, 3 years ago
    Blunder, maybe it was a rare and expensive item made in the 1920s...?! Definitely worth the Twoonie I spent on it jscott.

    These are the only references I have been able to find:

    http://www.wordcraft.net/flashlight8.html (6th item on page)

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?267897-Please-help-ID-this-dynamo
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
    Enjoyed that site Kydur. Very informative. As I remember, when aluminium was put on the market about 1900, it cost about as much as gold. May be wrong, but that's what I seem to remember. Of course the production cost went down as production tech. won over. Now, without it, how can we kill each other so cheaply! LOL!!

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