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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 07/29/2009 04:21:19 EDT
Subject: RE: Torch Wicks

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IIRC, there were four, small, integral to the construction of the brass "tube." I'll see if I can't locate a photo.

Your questions do bring up several questions in my mind:
no one, to my knowledge, has located documentation on the (US) originals, or the datable evolution of design changes. The "feet" I am describing could well be later development. Since the idea was simply to ensure that the footlight didn't roll over, I see no reason why a "wicket" or a a pair of "sticks" stuck in the ground couldn't have been used initially or as "field expedient." (Even a small camp fire -- again, the idea was simply to have a reference point for the distant viewer. If he were close enough, the brilliance of the turpentine flame might not have been required.)

The other point to keep in mind is that I am describing US only. From a memo written by E.P. Alexander shortly after the war, describing the torches, published in an old issue of the "Signal Cipher" (hard-copy fore-runner of this website) I feel certain that some CS version(s) existed (perhaps even executed in tin?), but no examples have surfaced as yet, nor have I uncovered any CS documentation or specifications.

Let me check further in the morning.

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