Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

A photo used by French collector Karoll when selling some lamps. Here we see three major categories of boiler: the fountain (1 and 4) standard boiler (2) and lavaboiler (3) The lavaboiler shown is a rare model. The fountain, no. 4, is the most common fountain, with three tiny nozzles for the liquid. The two on the left, made by someone called S. Vera (more info needed - another name seen on boilers is F. Vaudan, Paris) are very, very rare. One has a cool glass donut. The other has two fountains - for every few squirts of the lower fountain, pressure builds up to intermittently operate the upper, and another unique feature is the return pipe at left. All of these are on my boiler list, as are replicas of both the S. Vera label and the Fait Main ("hand made", seen on many boilers) label barely visible on the fountain No. 4's base.

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Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on December 12, 2010 at 10:06am

Mr. Smith saw this - and many others - with his own eyes in 1974. Hats off to him, the first enthusiast ever to have described seeing these magnificent lamps back when they were new!

Comment by Simon Bernard Smith. on December 11, 2010 at 4:27pm

Yup, that's my favourite right there. NUMBER ONE!!  :))  Absolutely fascinating to watch!!  Believe me, when it's working, you could stare at it all day and not get bored!!  (I WAS 13 at the time though...36 years ago!!)

Comment by Antstep on May 14, 2008 at 9:54pm
Number 3 would be a great model for an actual lava lamp. I love number 1 and 3!
Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on December 17, 2007 at 9:32am
Email me. I have videos of a fountainboiler (this one, in fact - poor quality) as well as one showing one of Vaudan's lavaboilers in action, and a self-made video of my own boiler doing it's thing.
Comment by Jonas Clark-Elliott on December 3, 2007 at 8:55pm
The other categories of boilers are: lavaboilers with glass beads, bubblers, glitterboilers (like a Geyser Lamp) non-electric hand boilers, and the rare lava geyser.

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