What on earth is this?

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  1. rizla01

    rizla01 New Member


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    Hopefully someone here will be able to help solve a mystery.

    Does anyone know what this is?



    I get the impression that it is some type of fuel tank. It is filled with wadding and there is a ferule on the end(Brass) that unscrews exposing a hole (Outlet, perhaps)

    It is chrome with alluminium cap & top out of which extends the bent chrome tube.

    any ideas?
  2. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Assuming this has to do with trains at all...

    Some old live-steam models were fuelled by methylated spirits.
  3. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    Methylated Spirit is an alcohol mixture (mainly ethanol) that has been rendered undrinkable by adding methanol (wood alcohol) and other poisonous or vomit-inducing compounds.


    fuel for cooking and toys
    cleaning solvent
    automotive gasoline additive (absorbs water)
    industrial use
    drunk by bergies
    used in certain medicines as a solvent
    can be used in the Emulsion Test for Fats, again as a solvent

    yours could most likely be a fuel tank for a lantern or cooking device....
  4. Relic

    Relic Member

    A few eons ago there were Coleman lanterns fueled with kerosene oil, to get them lit one had to fill a little cup under the generator with alcohol or some such thing , light it to warm the gen. so the kerosene would burn. I think this gizmo is the instrument for getting inside the chimney to fill said little cup.These lanterns gave an intense light (once you got them lit) a wicked heat. and sounded like a small jet .
  5. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

    All the answers are probably good. I don't really know. My first impression was that it had something to do with live steam, however, so I'll go with Triplex on this one.
  6. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Reminds me of the half hour TV show "What In The World". ( Probably not many of us who remember that show)

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