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Morse signalling lamp with a very narrow beam and a Morse key unit which can be mounted on a Helios tripod, like Item A1450, or staked in the ground.
For night time use filters are provided, also an aperture plate to reduce the light output.
The first time this model was produced was during the fist World War designed by George Lucas.

Your comments:

  • I just restored one of these off ebay, It still contained what I thought it's original batteries- 8x 1.5v F cell linked together with brass clips for 12v. the F cell are still widely used today- 4 cells in a 6v lantern battery so just wired up 2x lantern batteries and it works perfectly! This one will be used for operational display with the 11th battalion living history unit along with a Mk 5 helio 1916. Is there any information which year this Daylight lamp was first used?
    .......... Daniel Treasure, Geraldton Western Australia, 5th of February 2015

  • I was given one of these lamps in the mid 70s in a complete state with all its spares .it was mainly used as a spotting light in a game that a gang of friends of mine would play called torch light he,many evenings we would scurry around trying not to be spotted(a bit like the great escape)fun memories.I still have the lamp and surprisingly in the condition that it was given to me(and still has that characteristic smell when you open it)
    .......... skelly, ventnor isle of wight, 21st of December 2014

  • If you connect up a new battery with the correct volts, using modern connectors/wire too the original terminals inside the box, you can get it working again pretty easily. I have done this with my example and had lots of fun 'flashing' the lamp.

    If only I knew Morse code!!!!
    .......... Malcolm Landeryou, Burry Port, 25th of October 2014

  • During the 1960s, Magdalen College School, Brackley in Northamptonshire, UK, had two of these signalling lamps which were used by their Boy Scout troop (2nd Brackley). We scouts would try to memorise the code in what I now know to be the worst-possible way -- by memorising lists of written dots and dashes instead of listening to dits and dahs (sounds). Anyhow, the signal lamps were an excellent way of testing a young scout's ability to interpret messages sent in Morse code. Our Scoutmaster then was a House Master at the school, and his surname was Bourneville-Jones. Everyone called him "Cocoa", because of Bourneville chocolate. Cocoa had been an Army officer before he was a teacher, and would ensure all the Boy Scouts had plenty of "square bashing" each year so we could march very smartly when we carried the flags into the School Chapel for the annual St George's Day parade and church services. Memories!
    .......... David Harvey, VK2DMH, Australia, 10th of November 2013

  • My father bought me a new one around 1952 when I was 7/8 yards old, I had hours of fun with it , unfortunately being a young boy I did not take care of it as I should have done and used to use the 3 part metal spike as a spear which I eventually lost. This item is one of my 'toys' that I bitterly regret not taking care of. I bet the 9volt battery is hard to get nowadays.
    .......... Michael Gilmore, Leeds, England, 30th of August 2013

  • I have two of these sets, and use them every year to demonstrate Morse signalling to Scouts at the annual Jamboree On The Air. I also have a small number of spare bulbs, which are becoming as rare as hens' teeth.
    .......... Phil Harris G4SPZ, Bewdley, UK, 16th of October 2011

  • Hi - great to see this listed. I have one with all accessories and war-release leaflets. I got is as a boy and have kept it ever since.
    .......... John Jones, Northampton, 26th of February 2011

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