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Large Brass Headlight Identification

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:20 pm
by GatorDoc
Hey guys,
I am new to the forum but have been reading it for a while. I find this forum very informative and always look forward to reading the new posts. Anyway I need some help. I recently received a large brass light in a pile of early parts. I was thinking of turning it into a desk lamp but before considering that, thought I should at least make sure its not a valuble or rare piece. Its fairly large, manufactured by Gray&Davis and approximately 12 inches wide. It is mounted to a cast yoke and all appears to be in good shape. Any ideas on what it is?
Than you in advance,
Jesse

Re: Large Brass Headlight Identification

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:22 am
by alsfarms
This lamp looks to be from an American-LaFrance fire truck from the early teens until the later teens, when they switched from the G/D lamps to the Vesta drum style. I am sure other makes also used this lamp but I am not sure who that would have been. Does this lamp have a flat lens or convex? The fork is not quite the same as is the type on my fire truck. It would be nice to see the bottom of the fork to be sure. G/D also built many identical lamps but with a smaller diameter for other applications.
Al

Re: Large Brass Headlight Identification

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:41 pm
by GatorDoc
Here are some additional Pictures of the yoke. It does have a flat lens.
Thanks,
Jesse

Re: Large Brass Headlight Identification

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:42 pm
by type35o
Grey and Davis are used by many different autos. What is written above the logo, B3?

Re: Large Brass Headlight Identification

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:52 pm
by SSsssteamer
The hard to read line is Amesbury, as in Amesbury, Mass.

Re: Large Brass Headlight Identification

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:10 pm
by GatorDoc
Hey guys,
There was no number above the logo. It was speculated that it was a search light for an early firetruck. After looking at some of the pictures of vintage fire trucks, I think that is probably what it is.
J