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    Some kind of military light?

    Came across this item. Itís marked BEC 1942. Wondering if itís militart possibly. Iíve not been able to find any info on it. Click image for larger version. 

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    Interesting item.

    Is it a kerosene/oil lamp? Two wicks?

    Can you give an idea of size?

    If you think it is military, which military? Where are you located/where did you get the piece.

    It looks to me like this part fit inside some larger housing.
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    It looks to me like the lantern part of a "Magic Lantern" which is an early slide projector. If you google it and search images a lot of them turn up....
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOLA_Ken View Post
    It looks to me like the lantern part of a "Magic Lantern" which is an early slide projector. If you google it and search images a lot of them turn up....
    I thought the same thing - slide projector. But 1942 seems late for a kerosene lamp projector. I would expect all electric by then.

    This one is 1897. You can see some similarities with the OP's item:

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    Yossarian: Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be
    crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying.


    Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
    : You got it, that's Catch-22.

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1961)


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    1942 may not be a date but a patent number.

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    Pretty sure the OP item is the lantern device from a slide projector circa 1900.
    Yossarian: Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be
    crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying.


    Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
    : You got it, that's Catch-22.

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1961)


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    I'm not convinced it's magic lantern related yet. I agree with Matt about it looking like a piece of something larger. What do the knobs do? Anything besides turn? What about the big knob in the first pic, does it unscrew? Are there any electrical components in it? Do the "viewing holes" have glass in them? What size is this thing? Need more info. Interesting item.

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    what about a signal light of some sort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggummup View Post
    I'm not convinced it's magic lantern related yet. I agree with Matt about it looking like a piece of something larger. What do the knobs do? Anything besides turn? What about the big knob in the first pic, does it unscrew? Are there any electrical components in it? Do the "viewing holes" have glass in them? What size is this thing? Need more info. Interesting item.
    I watched a couple of YouTube vids (that makes me an expert now, right? ) demonstrating magic lanterns. The small knobs are to adjust the 2 lantern wicks - missing from the OP's item - and the large knob moves the parabolic mirror to focus the light on the lens - that was, presumably, on the housing that is missing from the OP's item.

    The large hole in the back is for viewing the flame. Not sure why that was needed, but they all seem to have some way to view the light source - even ones with electric or carbon arc light sources.

    I'm convinced.
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    Yossarian: Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be
    crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying.


    Dr. 'Doc' Daneeka
    : You got it, that's Catch-22.

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1961)


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    Quote Originally Posted by DCMatt View Post
    I watched a couple of YouTube vids (that makes me an expert now, right? ) demonstrating magic lanterns. The small knobs are to adjust the 2 lantern wicks - missing from the OP's item - and the large knob moves the parabolic mirror to focus the light on the lens - that was, presumably, on the housing that is missing from the OP's item.

    The large hole in the back is for viewing the flame. Not sure why that was needed, but they all seem to have some way to view the light source - even ones with electric or carbon arc light sources.

    I'm convinced.
    The more I look at it the more I see how it "could" be a partial one or the light source for one. It definitely looks like a burner of some type. I think the large screw type knob is for filling it up. I think the long slotted holes are for wicks as you mentioned.

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    Does it have a cord to plug in ? Are there any tubes inside ? How much does it weigh ? Are there any female holes to plug in male adapters ? Maybe the answer is in the Crystal Ball.

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    OP needs to reply to questions asked in their own thread. Or else no sense in trying to help anymore.
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