Thorn Beta 4

This new old-stock lantern was obtained from fellow collector John Thompson in early 2008.

Lantern- Thorn Beta 4
Lamp- 70W SON / 80W MBFU
Manufacture Date- 1979
Control Gear- Remote

The lantern is in immaculate 'boxed' condition and I'm chuffed to bits with it. The canopy is internally painted white, and has been left bare externally. An ES lampholder was supplies as standard on later Beta 4s by Thorn to allow you to fit an MBF or SON lamp of your own choice. This is suspended on a simple yolk across the centre of the fitting and wiring is straight into the lampholder itself. The bowl is a vacuum formed example, as Thorn did not tend to pack bowls and lanterns together. This looks excellent however as it too is in brand new condition.

Beta 4s cannot be seen in Plymouth city, save for a lone derelict example on ex-MOD land. There are a few examples in Devon including earlier AEI Kirby lanterns.



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