This afternoon I stopped by an antique store owned by a buddy and he showed this gizmo to me and asked what it was. He thought is had been on a Model T. I told him I don't think so but I'll check and see. Any comments? Thanks
The long tube extending down indicates it uses a candle. Frilly cone being the chimney, at the top.
Outhouse light. You could walk in the wind and the candle won't blow out. Hole in the wood next to the privy seat so you can put it down while taking care of bidness.
There should be a spring in the tube to push the candle up as the top burns off.
Horse buggies used the same type of thing as a marker light. Not much use as a driving light.
Allan from down under.
Just be very careful! Open flame and outhouse gasses could make a real mess! Couldn't resist that one!
Thanks for the good replies. Steve, yes, there is a spring in the handle. Thanks again. I'll take it back to him this afternoon.
It's a carriage lamp.
Very common - not rare and typically not worth much.
The corresponding bracket would have a collar that the candle tube slips into. Note the small tab/clip at the base of the lamp on the candle tube in the second photo (lamp is shown upside down).
Eric nailed it, it's a horse drawn carriage lamp, candle powered and foreign made. This lamp was mounted on a carriage with what we call a English Mount bracket w/set screw. Worth about 25-50 bucks on a good day. www.liveryone.net check it out !!!