What on earth is this?

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  1. rizla01

    rizla01 New Member

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    Hi,

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

    Does anyone know what this is?

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    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

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

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

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    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.

    Uses:

    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

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    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

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    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

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