5-1/2″ P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp #125

5-1/2″ P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp #125


P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp. Model #125

This Powell & Hanmer carbide headlamp is well presented, considering it is over 100 years old. It is one of a few carbide / acetylene gas-powered lights that I have available.

It seems that the main three manufacturers for carbide motorcycle headlamps are; Miller, Lucas and P&H. There were others, but these makers are the most prolific.

This P&H carbide headlamp is a medium-to-large sized version.

  • The glass is 4-1/4″” diameter.
  • The rim outside diameter is 5-1/2″.
  • The height overall is 6″.
  • The depth (Front to back) is 5″ excluding the peak.


In a word…. Good.

What you are looking at is the nickel plate that would have been under a thin coat of black paint. Some people like these carbide lamps just in the nickel plate. This particular lamp had flaky black paint. It hadn’t keyed well, so I removed the black paint to show just how nice this lamp is. If you look very closely, you can just see a few traces of black paint here and there. I’ve done most of the work.

Unusually, it does NOT have dents or dings. It does NOT have any nasty corrosion. The glass and mirror are very nice. The mirror shows a tiny amount or corrosion, but there are no cracks. The front cover hinge and clasp work just as they should. The wick is fine.

Overall, this P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp #125, is in good condition and would suit most types of flat tank vintage, veteran, motorcycles.

Other lamps to choose from

I have a selection of carbide acetylene lamps for sale. They are mostly for antique, veteran or vintage motorcycles. However, I have a few bicycle lights. They are the ones with the cycle fitting. These cycle lamps were also used on veteran flat tank motorcycles. Choose from the unusual ones through to Miller, P&H and Lucas carbide lamps. There is also a range of rear lamps and burner gas generators.

If you are looking for an antique lamp for your motorcycle, this P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp #120 would suit a mid-size / small flat tank bike.

Buyer notes

Shipping is charged ON TOP of the price for the item. There are too many variables to include shipping in the checkout, so please contact me before you buy and I will give you a shipping price.

I usually ship to most destinations.

International shipping available. Let me know where you are and I will send you a price for shipping with tracking

Combined shipping available. 

Viewing: Please come and check it over before you buy. It is at PE28, near St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

Collection: If you don’t want it shipped, I have plenty of space. If you can’t collect for a while, it’s not a problem. However, I will need to be paid very soon after the sale. Thanks.

Payment: Good old fashioned money on collection is preferred. I can accept payment through PayPal or by bank transfer as well. I can accept EUROS. Please ask. 

Import Taxes: Please note that IMPORT DUTIES are not something I can control. If you are buying from outside the UK, there is a chance that you will have to pay import taxes. Import taxes vary from country to country. If there are charges to pay, it is the buyer’s responsibility to research the cost and pay the duties. The price that you see on my advert is for the item and not the item plus whatever taxes might be due.

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