Has anyone seen a bike light with this mount? Is it a bike light?

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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
767
Alameda, CA
Hi All,

Found this light last Friday and it seems like it might have been a bike light. If not it sure has potential to become one with a little help. I was wondering if all the great minds here have seen anything similar. I think in one of the threads on adding LED's to vintage lights there is a similiar light but different mount. The nice thing is the pile of old basement/garage/shed clean out shtuff included a nice strand of old wrapped wire too! Thanks for any and all information!
Gary
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oddball

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2010
289
Long Beach, United States
Created this bicycle for my buddy and had the light (originally for auto} so came up with this bracket system. Has set screw to remove light, sorry for the bad photo, I'll look for a better one or have him snap a shot.
Cliff
 

gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
767
Alameda, CA
Thanks for the replies. I've been poking around in online catalogs from the 20s looking for a light with a bracket like this. Clearly the same one you have Cliff. One of my coworkers had a couple 20s-30s shop work lights with similar brackets but they have a universal joint of sorts for turning the light. I'm going to do some more looking and focus on shop, car repair catalog pages.
That's a nice setup, from the photos I think your in the photos of a motorbike gathering/car show in SoCal? Great looking bike and elegant bracket solution, nice industrial period look.

Finding this stuff at work and keeping it from becoming scrap metal or landfill is only part of the fun of my job. Learning about the odd bits of history I rescue makes it endlessly interesting. What will I do when I retire this year...no more random free old bike stuff.o_O
 

gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
767
Alameda, CA
Heres the one I was thinking of that was for sale here back in May.
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Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 6, 2012
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Created this bicycle for my buddy and had the light (originally for auto} so came up with this bracket system. Has set screw to remove light, sorry for the bad photo, I'll look for a better one or have him snap a shot.
Cliff
But it looks just right on that bike! Not RAT but something that could have been done back then.
 
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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
767
Alameda, CA
This looks similar to the light I have, Kaufman Silverbeam Motorcycle Electric Headlamp in the 1920 Montgomery Ward catalog. Interesting that the motorcycle light is $6.55 but a light just like it in the 1916 catalog to use on a buggy is only $2.05 and one with battery pack for bikes in the 1916 catalog is only $1.50. Even in the early days motorcycle stuff was pricey!
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And there is one for sale on Ebay in Portland for 20 bucks! Also missing the bracket. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5335809022&icep_item=312956393580.
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The Carolina Rambler

Finally riding a big boys bike
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From what I have been able to tell, a lot of these early electric bicycle headlights and early automobile cowl lights, like what you appear to have, are pretty much one in the same. The only difference being the mounting bracket. They appear to be identical in their wiring and other components otherwise. Those folks in the above posts have some good looking and promising solutions!
 
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