Before we left, Jim rang up the lovely people at Tilley International and ordered a couple of refurbishment kits - new plungers and washers - and some new mantles. The relatively new Tilley lamp (1980s vintage and bought boxed and unused at a jumble sale) had been working OK, but had starting losing pressure lately, while the older, brass one, bought in the antique shop here in Brewood (which sadly is no longer there) had never worked. The third lamp here is if I remember rightly, a more modern Bialaddin.
Jim sat in the back cabin and fettled this afternoon, and this was the result - three fully functioning lamps, and some nice photos, which put me in mind of paintings like this one.
All hail the British weather!
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