Original German WWII Bakelite Military Issue Carbide Trench Lantern - Waffenamt (WaA) Marked
Original Item: Only One Available. This is very unusual and wonderfully represents the German's use of bakelite a pre-war plastic forerunner that was most often encounter in field phones, fuse containers and MG 34 butt stocks.
This carbide hand lantern is constructed of 90% bakelite, it features three glass window panes, a concave mirror, a folding bakelite carry handle and an aluminum belt hook which has a German WWII Waffenamt WaA 38 marking. The bakelite is wartime marked by the manufacturer on the handle, with PAG in a circle, next to 1608 A1 and other symbols.
The lamp measures approximately 11" x 4" x 5". And is in very good condition. All three glass windows are intact, and the burner system seems to be intact as well, though the rear reflector has cracked due to age and heat exposure. The bottom compartment to hold the calcium carbide (CaC2) and water (H2O) still unscrews, and still has the internal cone and conduit inside.
Beautifully constructed and well designed this says a lot for German manufacturing skills during a difficult time. Extremely rare and ready to display!
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