Acetylene motor car headlamp
"Autoclipse" optional non-dazzling acetylene motor car head lamp made to patent nos. 8091/05 and 5043/06
An "Autoclipse" optional, non-dazzling motor car head lamp, model 'C', patented by H. G. M. and M. A. Besnard in 1905-1906 (nos. 8091/05 and 5043/06). Using an arrangement of a hyperbolic reflector and a plano-convex lens, the acetylene lamp provides a central parallel beam for illuminating distant objects, and also a divergent beam for nearer objects. The central, dazzling beam can be cut out, or eclipsed, when required by a circular disc or shutter which, when operated from the dashboard, is brought into a position which stops light falling onto the reflector. It is border cable operated.
Shown on right of image (with an acetylene generator, object number 1911-128 on left)
- Road Transport
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- private car components
- Brown Bros. Ltd.
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