AGM Models 3606 (upper left), 3608 (upper right), 3614 (lower left), & 3618 (lower right)
are one mantle (upper) and two mantle models (lower). These are instant lighting models that were introduced in 1936. The globes on the 3608 and 3614 are labeled “MacBeth Thermo Made in USA.” The globe cage on the 3608 has been repainted and the fount on the 3618 was re-plated. Model 3606 is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection; Model 3618 is in Loren Abernathy’s collection.
AGM made these unmarked lanterns for unknown retailers that are the same as Model 3608 above, except as noted. The one on the left has a nickel plated brass fount and green enameled ventilator while the one on the right, in Tim Helmer’s collection, has a steel sided fount that is painted green and a green enameled ventilator. The mixing chamber casting (lower image) has an attached plate above that is covered by the ventilator cap. This added plate is the only difference I can see between these lanterns and Model 3608 above versus Model 100 at the bottom of the early AGM lantern models page.
This Model 3614 was found in the Pacific Northwest.
It was marked by the U. S. Forest Service with red painted letters,
U.S.F.S., on the side of the fount
and stamped F.S on the fount rim (lower image)
This lantern, in Nick Loe’s collection, has a replacement red valve wheel
for the original black valve wheel as on the 3614 above – lower left.
This is a pair of art deco styled AGM lanterns, Model 3708 on the left, single mantled, and Model 3718 on the right, double mantled. These 1937 lanterns burn either gasoline or kerosene. The Model 3708 is in Craig Seabrook’s collection.
The Model 3718 is in Darcy Vantiger’s collection; photo by Dwayne Hanson.
Note that there is no top nut.
The top part of the ventilator unscrews to release the rest of the ventilator.
Model 3705 is a steel fount lantern
that burns kerosene or white gas.
The only accommodation for burning kerosene is an alcohol cup.
The valve stem is ~8o tilted down from horizontal,
a unique feature to this model,
presumably to aid the flow of air into the intake tube.
Model 3905 is similar to Model 3705 above
except that the valve is horizontal and it is gasoline fueled.
This lantern, in Bruce Strauss’ collection, is not marked AGM
but came in a box addressed to Wisconsin Auto Stores
so may have been made for this company.
AGM’s Sun Flame Model 2570 is often found with stress cracks in the brass fount.
This one (left) is polished to brass with only a little of the original maroon paint left.
The burner (center) lacks a screen in the 8 mm diameter burner cap resulting in “backfires” when flames enter the burner chamber under certain lighting conditions.
The top of the generator screws into the lower air tube, an unusual feature. Mounted on a comparable fount from a Sears 7426 (= AGM 3006) the lantern still runs (right).
Above are three versions of AGM’s Model 2572, a lantern model that probably dates to the 1940’s. The Sun Flame version (left) has the familiar maroon ventilator. This all original lantern is in Fred Kuntz’s collection. The green version (center) is not stamped U.S. on the fount bottom as are other AGM lanterns approved for military use in WWII. The maroon version (right), in Dean Dorholt’s collection, includes the original McKee Glasbake marked globe; the logo on the glass is at the bottom just to the left of the frame vertical bar.
AGM’s Model 3006 (left) and the AGM version for Sears (right)
which Sears sold as Model 710.7426.
These lanterns may be copies of Coleman’s Model 243.
The Sears version has a number of steel parts;
Coleman made lanterns with comparable steel parts in 1943.
The original box that came with this lantern indicates that it was made during WWII.
Matthew Reid restored his Model 3016 lantern (left),
including a correct AGM mantle.
The 3016 with the nickel plated fount (right)
is in Bob Meyer’s collection and has an original Ready Lite globe.
This SunFlame shade ring fits Model 3016
and has the same color enamel as the lantern.
This shade ring and lantern are in Kyle Sund’s collection.
The underside of the shade ring (lower image)
is white enamel to increase reflectivity
This is AGM’s model 3020 lantern
which burns kerosene.
All original, this Sun Flame lantern is in Fred Kuntz’s collection.
AGM Model 3025 has a polished ventilator
and several parts in the pump that are aluminum.
It is an instant light model with the cleaner tip built into the fuel valve.
Parts for this model appear in a 1956 catalog.
The lantern on the left is in Craig Seabrook’s collection.
Comparable to Coleman’s Model 236, these AGM Sun Flame Model 3026 lanterns
have a large globe with a single burner. The one on the left, in Neil McRae’s collection, has a Sun Flame globe, small filler opening, maroon painted fount, and no stamping on the fount base. The one on the right, in Bill Droster’s collection, has a plain globe, large filler opening, green painted fount and is stamped with the AGM name and location on the bottom along with U.S.
This AGM Sun Flame Model 3026
differs from the two above in having a plated metal fount
and an optional Sun Flame shade ring.
This lantern is in Rich Wiersum’s collection.
The lantern has a Sun Flame globe and smaller filler cap
as on the 3026 in the above left image.
AGM also made their Model 3026 (above) for Sears.
Sears listed it in their 1942 catalog as Model 710-7402.
This lantern, in John Stendahl’s collection,
has a replacement globe.
The nickel plated filler cap appears brassy.
Model 3470 was a 500 cp kerosene lantern that was made for the
military in the early 1940’s (left and center and in a civilian version as 3470-C (right).
military version is stamped US in the base, has a wrench
held in with the frame nut, and has a chain holding the filler cap.
The lantern on the left is in Dave McFarlan’s collection
and the lanterns in the center and on the right are in Neil McRae’s collection.
This Model 3927 is also stamped U.S. on the bottom indicating that it was made for the military during WWII. This one is unusual in having a Coleman type tip cleaner assembly. The burner assembly (right image) and repainted fount are steel as are many other parts. The globe is held in place by three tabs just above the ventilator brim. It was found at a boot sale in southern England in the mid 1990’s. This two burner white gas model is probably rated at 300 cp.
This 3927 lantern is the same as the one above except that it was made into a mil-spec lantern with an Aladdin conversion kit dated 1944 (lower image). The burner is also stamped Servel, the company that made the kit. The lantern, in Agostino Del Coro’s collection, was photographed without the ventilator or globe to show the mil-spec burner. Standardizing parts on equipment reduced the parts needed to service and maintain them.
Early production of the mil-spec lantern in 1944 by the 3 manufacturers,
Akron, Coleman, and AGM (here), all lacked the parts well.
Note the rounded shoulders on the upper sides of the fount with no screw cap.
This unfired lantern, in Harold Ridarick’s collection,
includes a burner assembly made for AGM by Aladdin.
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