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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:42 am 
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I have a similar lantern to you, which I believe is a Z5567 Small Oxford. Although the casting font and catch look like the later versions, from what I remember, the internals are the same.

I suspect yours is an early version, with the catch later redesigned.

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You may indeed be right.

Whilst having a search online, I came across this picture.
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It looks like an early Oxford lantern and it includes the above described bowl catch.

I now suspect the ring would be more of a simple wire type than an alloy casting, probably designed to accept an acorn type glass bowl with refractor.

The interesting thing though is that the canopy is quite streamlined, compared to the more geometric "stepped" design like mine. I suspect this is because the original "Oxford" was made out of pressed Copper, whereas subsequent versions were alloy.

Anyway, I'll be setting about restoring this in due course.

Thanks for your input so far...

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:06 am 
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I also have one of those! A Z5540 small Wembley.

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Simon Cornwell said of mine:

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Your lantern is a GEC Enclosed Small "Wembley" lantern (catalogue range Z5540/1/2). However, the original bowl has gone, and has been replaced by a later refractor bowl.

Originally the lantern would've taken a dome refractor and either: a clear acorn-shaped globe; a rimpled acorn-shaped globe; stepped opal globe; or a clear Perspex globe.

Davy Warren has one in his collection with the original glassware.


Davy's lantern is one in your image. Your lantern therefore seems to be a hybrid of the 2 types.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:18 pm 
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Phosco152 wrote:
I also have one of those! A Z5540 small Wembley.

Your lantern therefore seems to be a hybrid of the 2 types.


Perfect conclusion there and great to see some more photos of your lantern too.

My apologies to Davy for purloining his image btw (it is for a good cause though).

Actually, it is interesting to discover that this one is a little different - like you say, it is a bit of a hybrid. I wonder how long it was in production for?

With regards to restoration, as I am now thinking it would have had a wire ring for the bowl after all, I ought to be able to fashion one myself. To complete the job, I do have an acorn bowl tucked away somewhere too. The reflector will be a little more tricky to work out, although I do have something which could be adapted if I'm really pushed.

Good old GEC - always full of surprises eh?

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