Ford script all brass E & J
don't see many of these around, would this be for mag lights poss. 1915-16
I have a few of those, but I don't see others often. I figured that E&J was making those for other car companies when Ford need some all of a sudden for the 19's, so E&J stamped Ford on some and filled the order. They are made just like the steel ones which came after and are so common, so I surmised they were the precursors to them. Someone told me a while back that Stutz used ones like that. It never occurred to me that they would be for mag lights.
There is no evidence that the magneto voltage was ever applied to a tail light unless I missed it somewhere. The problem is that the bulbs for the headlight are wired in series when running on the magneto in the early days and adding a tail light in the string would make the total resistance likely too high and I don't know what bulb could be used directly for a single light to be magneto powered in that era.
It is a double contact which makes me think it would run in a circuit, that's why I was thinking magneto, Bob
Likely double contact because the stock Ford lamp bracket is attached to the wooden subframe of the body. My two cents worth, perhaps over valued. Bill
Nothing wrong with a double contact! It can be used as a stop light too.
I would guess 1919 - 1920 battery tail lamp. Brass looked just like steel when it was painted black.