I just picked up a pile of T parts a guy had out in the trees. In it was a headlight with a clear smooth lens. Any info on this lens? Haven't seen one like this before. The body parts with it are early 20s maybe. PK
I believe clear smooth lenses are common to brass era cars. Later on many states required lenses that would angle down the light or required color pieces on top in order to not blind oncoming drivers.
Per the MTFCA encyclopedia (paraphrased):
"Headlamp lenses were clear glass until 1921."
"Early in 1921 the clear lens was replaced with a clear lens with a green “visor”
"About June 1921 the Ford “H” fluted lens became standard"
Plain lenses in use from '15 to '20. Longer than one would suspect!
My '18 TT had one regular fluted "H" lens and one clear lens. The clear one was just a round cut piece of what appeared to be window pane glass. It was crudely cut with numerous chips on the cut edge. It was always my opinion that somewhere along the way it was someones' cheap fix.
Henry, that's just how this lens looks. I thought it was home made. Thanks for the info guys, PK.