The Time Machine, Morlock Torch

replica movie prop

Scientifically advanced Victorian lantern, invaluable for keeping Morlocks at bay while exploring their underground lairs. Although designed from a vivid description in the original 1895 H.G. Wells novella and not actually seen in the 1960 George Pal film, one can easily envision Rod Taylor wielding this beauty against the Morlock hordes.


Wood, metal, glass and leather, with separate electrical circuits for the bright white lantern and the color-shifting display.


"In my first encounter with these underground devils I learned quickly that a mere match strike can drive them back and keep them at bay; but such a safeguard was wrought with problems. Matches were quick to go out and limited in number, not to mention the feeling as if an eternity was passing between match strikes. I would fumble with my silver matchbox, knowing full well that these vile creatures were drawing nearer to me, about to attack. It was only through shear luck I was able to return to my machine and escape the first time; this time I plan on arriving prepared.

The construction is that of brass, with a faceted high density lens focusing the light at a polished silver-plated cone which in turn spreads this magnificent illumination in all directions around me. The light from this torch illuminates an area of 30 feet around me quite well, more then enough light to stave off the attacks of the wretched beasts."

Fan-built, specifically for attendance at the first SteamCon, held in Seattle, October 2009.

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category: other replicas
type: movie props
movie: The Time Machine (1960)
original (1)  |  replica (8)
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