P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp #120

P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp #120


P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene headlamp. Model #120

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 3-3/4″” diameter.
  • The rim outside diameter is 5″.
  • The height overall is 5″.
  • The depth (Front to back) is 4.5″ excluding the brass peak.


I suppose you would say that this has a nice patina. That’s not code for “beaten to death”. It’s more of a description of this lamp as showing it’s 100 years of use. Under the worn original body paint, it’s a brass lamp. The nickel pate is worn and fleckled with very light corrosion. The peak is a little dented on one side and the chimney has a small dent. All of this is shown in the images. There is no wick unit at the end of the burner. The reflector has the usual cracks.

Both the clasp and the hinge work fine. I have taken the hinge pins out and replaced them after cleaning. This lamp comes with the headlamp stay clamps. I have removed them to show that they will unscrew.

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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