Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

Hi Everyone, 

im new here and to be totally honest I’m only here because i found one of these in my loft.

does anyone know much about it? 

im based in the UK

many thanks 

Darren

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Crestworth lantern, worth a pretty penny!

Nice find :)

Thanks for the reply. 

Would you know roughly how old it is?

also the light works but the lava just stays solid, how long would it usually take to start melting/moving? Sorry don't know the technical terms for it. 

if I wanted to replace the bottle would that be possible? 

thanks 

Darren 

The lava can take 1-2 hrs to start moving.  I’ve never had a crestworth so I can’t say for certain.

as far as I know, the Astro bottles will fit (look under “spares and repairs” on the Mathmos website).  Don’t chuck the old bottle though.

It may be worth getting a new bulb too incase that’s what’s causing the issue.  I’m sure someone with more experience with the lanterns will be able to give you better advice

Hello, the bulb for this should be a small bayonet 40 watt. A clear bulb would work best and run the lamp for between 2 and 6 hours. If the wax does not flow during this time then it should be replaced. Make sure you keep it away from direct sunlight and drafts. 

As suggested Mathmos do replacement bottles under "astro" as these bottles should fit. They also sell replacement bulbs.

The lamp dates from the mid to late 60s. 

Hope this helps. 

Hi Guys,

Thanks for your help, I’ve had it on now for 4-5 hours on a few occasions and no movement. 

I will take a look at replacement bulb and bottle but will try the bulb first. 

im not sure if I’m going to keep the lamp, what do you think this is worth? 

many thanks

Darren 

I'm interested if your considering selling it.

Darren said:

Hi Guys,

Thanks for your help, I’ve had it on now for 4-5 hours on a few occasions and no movement. 

I will take a look at replacement bulb and bottle but will try the bulb first. 

im not sure if I’m going to keep the lamp, what do you think this is worth? 

many thanks

Darren 

Hi Darren,

There are some for sale (under "Crestworth") on eBay UK now, to give you an idea of price

The lamp looks to be flowing OK to me...

Hi Darren, the bottle is not original on your pic. Someone replaced the original bottle through a Mathmos bottle from the 90‘. It is a rare bottle with metallic wax in red!

Thats the first thing i noticed, but they said it doesnt flow, and they found 1 of these, so i think that photo is from google.

Christian said:

Hi Darren, the bottle is not original on your pic. Someone replaced the original bottle through a Mathmos bottle from the 90‘. It is a rare bottle with metallic wax in red!

Hi Everyone, yes the photo isn’t the one I actually have, I got it from google images.

Many thanks

Darren

If you do replace the bottle you lose half the value of your lamp from the get go and most serious collectors may not want to buy at all.  My suggestion - Purchase another lamp with the same liquid and wax and do a goo and liquid swap so your keeping original glob and LavaLite original formula.  The caps on these lamps can easily be opened gently using a bottle opener and a capper and to reseal original bottle cap to globe use a bottle capper - they run 8.00.  Then you have all original once again.  As is expect the lamp to sale for 175.00 plus depending on the day and 25.00 to ship in the good ole' USA.

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