Franco Flashlight - 3 Cell Vulcanite Miners Light with Nickel Plated Ends and Slide Switch (c. 1917)
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Flashlights : Franco Brand / Standard 3 Cell Style

Franco 3 Cell Vulcanite Miners Light with Nickel Plated Ends and Slide Switch   Franco 3 Cell Vulcanite Miners Light with Nickel Plated Ends and Slide Switch




Value: $40.00
Manufacturer: Franco
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1917
Battery: 3D
Style: Standard 3 Cell



Online Since: 4/17/2007
FM Reference #: FR00034
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GEEZZZZ BRIAN....WHAT A LIGHT YOU GOT....TO HAVE THE ORINGINAL PAPER BATTERY TOO....WHAT I WOULD DO....IS TAKE OUT THAT ORINGINAL PAPER TUBE BATTERY...AN STORE IT SEPARATELY....BUT SAVE IT TO GO WITH THE LIGHT....BUT THERES A CHANCE IT CAN LEAK INSIDE YUR LIGHT....AN ONCE ACID GETS IN THE LIGHT....ITS PRETTY WELL SHOT......BUT YOU GOT QUITE A GOOD FIND THERE....
Feb 10, 2012 - 7:14 PM
  Brian
Hello, I have a flashlight that looks almost identical to this one however it says Patent Applied For on the bottome and no country of origin. It also still has the original Franco Radio Battery From Interstate Electric Novelty Co. which is basicaly a 1 large paper tube battery that is the same size as 3 D batteries the battery # is 1027 and called The Wonderful Radio Battery and is blue paper. If you could give me some information on why there is no country of origin and no patent and if this adds value. Thank you
Feb 10, 2012 - 6:24 PM
  Thomas M
I recently acquired one of these on eBay, and while looking very nice, it doesn't work. I would like to know if there are supposed to be metal contact strips inside this light like there are on the majority of fiber and vulcanite-bodied flashlights; namely, the strips that run from the end cap retaining ring to the switch, and then from the other side of the switch to the base of the reflector/bulb holder. This flashlight doesn't have them on the inside, but there is nothing to suggest that they aren't formed right inside the casing, since the rivets on both the upper and lower retaining rings are tight and do not appear to have had a metal strip pulled from them. However, the rivets on the switch itself are loose, and a view inside the tube shows that there are three small "gouges" in the fiber case, two where the switch rivets attach and one between them. If anyone has any ideas or knows more about this light, please let me know. Thanks, Tom M.
Jul 26, 2007 - 6:14 PM


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