Posted 3 years ago
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.