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Headtorch

Accession Number

990.2012.1

Object Name

Headtorch

Created

01/08/2012

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

01/08/2012

Brief Description

Orange plastic headtorch and battery case and nylon headband.

Materials

plastic, nylon

Dimensions

6(diameter of lamp) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

On torch and also on battery case " F PETZL 38330 ST ISMIER FRANCE"

Colour

orange

Maker

Petzl

Object Production Place

France

Provenance

Fernand Petzl was a caver who had a desire to improve the equipment being used by himself and his pals in the 1920's and 30's. Along with a guy called Pierre Chevalier, he produced various items of innovative gear throughout the 50's and 60's. and in 1973 Produits Fernand Petzl produced their first mountaineering headlamp. Various forms of lanterns, torches, headlamps and the like had been around for centuries, but Petzl headlamps brought a certain sanity to moving around in the mountains at night.
Not quite sure how early, but the one we have here in the collection must be a fairly early one as it has an on/off switch predating the zoom version which appeared in 1981 ( twisting off the zoom facility incorporated the on/off switch)
This particular headlamp belonged to Mick Tighe and was used for many years in his Mountain Guiding Company, Nevis Guides.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Mick Tighe

Acquisition Date

01/08/2012

Condition Check Date

01/08/2012

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

01/08/2012

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