P&H Powell & Hanmer medium size carbide acetylene headlamp for veteran vintage motorcycles

P&H Powell & Hanmer medium size carbide acetylene headlamp for veteran vintage motorcycles


P&H Powell & Hanmer medium size carbide acetylene headlamp for veteran / vintage motorcycles.

This nicely patinated P&H 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 mid-sized version. The glass is 4.5″ diameter. The rim outside diameter is 5.5″. The height overall is 6″ and the depth (Front to back) is 5″ excluding the brass peak.


Underneath the worn nickel plate is brass. As you can see, the nickel plate is now quite thin. Probably from years of polishing. The glass lens is good. the reflector rim just inside the lens id OK with the exception of some smoke discolouring at the top. The lens has the usual cracks and the burner is missing the top part.

The back of the chimney and the top of the rear has some light dents. The mounts are firm. The hinge and clasp work just as they should

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 (Powell & Hanmer) medium size carbide acetylene headlamp would suit most veteran vintage motorcycles.

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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