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Posted 5 years ago


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Anyone have any idea what this is used for? It has a wick as you can see. The swivel end has a removable plug and there appears to be some type of needle valve inside the stem end. Asked many people and no one knows what it is. It is for lighting something, I think.


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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    It obviously has a nipple on the side with a cap. Does that have a tire style valve in it? Can it be some kind of lighting device that works on compressed gas, in other words? It appears that at least half is made of brass so not cheap. Answer fast as I want to beat ROBIN to this one!
  2. ralph ralph, 5 years ago
    it look like a lighting stick for lighting the under growth when burning off in the bush.
  3. frankralph, 5 years ago
    Never thought of the undergrowth thing. Can not figure out why the stem that pushes out is threaded. It doses not srew out or tightne up. Weird item for sure. You are correct it is well made of brass and metal. There is a flat aluminum captha screws off the stem end and you canreplace the wick.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Ralph's idea sounds good. The valve stem looking thing must be for loading kerosene or whatever & would explain the cap.
  5. frankralph, 5 years ago
    After some thought, would not last long for lighting underbrush, can not possibly hold more than a few ounces of fuel. This is really a wierd one.
  6. frankralph, 5 years ago
    The upper brass portion rotates 360 degrees on the lower handle. There are absolutely no marks on the item anywhere.
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Early bar-b-que lighter?
  8. frankralph, 5 years ago
    GREAT guess, maybe.....this is really a brain teaser. It was used to light something, or so it appears. Strange though, to get the wick out you have to unscrew the cap, the liquid fuel would run out and there is no gasket on the cap either. Could this be an early "gas" lighter of some type.
  9. ralph ralph, 5 years ago
    it could also be used to light a boiler on a ship or the boiler for heating in a apartment bloke or bakers oven tack your pick,
  10. frankralph, 5 years ago
    ANyone know of other sites that guess what things are? I have been attempting to identify this item for several years. Thanks.
  11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Don't know another site to help, but if you identify it, please come back and tell us.
  12. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Fire starter.

    "Under one end Is a large brass screw that serves two functions.It is the plug for the fluid resivor and well as a push button to feed fluid into the other end to wet the 4 wicks at that end.When you are ready to use it ,unscrew the cap off the buisness end and slide the two ends together in a telescoping motion. This causes the flint to scrape the striker and ignite the torch.To extinguish you simply pull the two ends back and the flame is smothered"
  13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    How about that, a $40 match! Walks, your back 7 months now? Tell us the truth about how the pyramids were built would you? Are you a teacher & hand these out as class assignments?
  14. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    B'buss I told the Aliens that I would never tell that secret!
    I do this as a solitary leisure activity, or it's just my obsessive compulsive tendencies that drive me. :-)
  15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Yeah, what would the TV producers do if you told them the secrets?
  16. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    They would have to get real jobs!
  17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    They would starve I'm sure.

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