Custom lanterns – 1

The appliances on this page are custom made by the collector,
primarily from pressure lantern parts.
Creativity is evident in these lanterns –
light producing appliances that have a bail or handle
and parts to enclose and protect the mantles
so they can be used primarily outdoors.
Here is one solution to the problem of what to do with those old parts!

customoutdoortablelampnelle customoutdoortablelamplitnelle

Will Nelle used a fount and handle from a Coleman 152 table lamp,
repainted the fount red and added a reproduction Coleman logo on the side,
and combined these with the upper parts from a Coleman 200A lantern
to create his outdoor table lamp.
He wanted a taller light to illuminate the whole table outdoors.

yankeeingenuitykuda yankeeIngenuityrunningteal

Bruce Kuda created “Yankee Ingenuity” by combining a blow torch fount with a lantern top from an American Gas Machine Co. Inc. Model 100 or possibly 3608 lantern.
This light is bright, has good balance, and can be carried for long periods. Yankee Ingenuity is now in Randy Teal’s collection (right image).


Jeff Johnson made this lantern from parts from
Optimus, Hasag, and Anchor lanterns
and fitted these parts to a Tilley R1 fount.


Rob Roberts calls this his Extremely Limited Edition Sears Lantern.
The lantern is the excellent work of Cheyenne Cobb for Rob
and is a modified Coleman for Sears,
the primary difference being the nickel plated fount.


Erik Leger mounted this smaller Mikro-Landi burner from Ludwig Gebauer
in a paint can which he enclosed in a Swiss Army candle lantern casing.
Erik also raised the top of the casing to about 1 cm for heat removal.
The light produces about 15 HK or about 14 CP
and uses 3035 ml of alcohol/hour.


Alex Simins salvaged the 249 Coleman that forms the top half of this lantern
but the fount was shot on this kerosene model.
As he wanted a lantern that he could run for several hours every night,
he sacrificed a mint condition 220H for the fount
and is now able to run the lantern for 10 hours in the winter without a refill.
The bail is from a 335 lantern.


Much rarer than a Poultry Lantern,
this Bird House Lantern is the creation of Michael Merz,
who used parts from Coleman lantern models 220E and 220F.
PVC caps painted black cover the openings to the
fount which he repainted with a hammered silver paint.


John Morris created this light by combining
a 200A Coleman lantern (top)
with a Canadian Coleman 157 lamp in the midsection
(under the exhaust pipe handle)
and a 1945 Coleman mil spec lantern (polished brass) for the base.


The late Steve Winikates thought this lantern
could have been a prototype for a 1958 Edition
Coleman “Christmas” lantern
but, because of flammability issues that couldn’t be overcome,
the lantern never went into production.


This Coleman 237 was one of two from an antique mall outside of Clyde, Ohio.
At first I thought the ventilator was enameled yellow above and white beneath
and the white enamel reflector added for railroad use.
More recently I learned that there is a large appliance factory in Clyde
and now believe they were done by an employee at the factory for personal use. This lantern is in Jon Shearer’s collection.


Frederik Tivemark made his “Pontiac” lantern
from a 1952 mil-spec lantern with quadrant globe
but with a 1944 Akron mil-spec collar
and an AGM ventilator.
Frederik has restored a ’55 Pontiac in his native Sweden.


Frederik Tivemark combined the upper parts of a Coleman 200A
including modifying the frame by removing the air tube and burner
to accommodate a Primus 991 fount and burner system
with a collar from an Optimus 930
which results in a Prieman, or is it a Colemus?, lantern.


The collar on this lantern is stamped 228E
but Coleman had switched to the “ribbed” collar
several months before the April 1963 date on the fount.
It is further unusual in having the fount painted red and having a red valve wheel.
Fred Kuntz got this lantern in the Wichita, Kansas, area
so perhaps it was specially made at the Coleman factory.

coleman220da47frontwickham coleman220da47runningwickham

Scott Wickham found this Coleman 220D dated A 47
as you see it here except that he converted it to burn kerosene
and added a post to hold the lantern.
The post fits into a bracket fastened to the back of the fount strap.
Scott converted the lantern to kero burning by modifying the generator
and adding the alcohol cup.


Scott Wickham combined a non-milspec AGM fount stamped U.S.
with the vent, frame, and other parts
from a 1952 Coleman milspec lantern
and had the collar and fount re-nickeled.
The ventilator is the original enamel.


A Detroit blowtorch and parts from a 242C Coleman
allowed Steve Cullins to create this custom light which works well.
The shade and vent nut fit the vent and stud post respectively
so were added to the creation.
The Detroit fount has a patent date of Aug. 13 18.


A 5 lb propane tank and a stress cracked Akron mil-spec lantern
were the beginnings for Jan Dyke when he created his Monster Mil Spec.
The tank required drilling holes and silver soldering in new fittings
including the parts well and finished with a camouflage paint job.
The frame and vent are from a Coleman 228.


This is no ordinary Coleman 220F,
but rather a special John Deere Coleman 220F,
date stamped May, 1968 and was created by the late Bubba Duff.
The green Coleman ventilator fits nicely
with the green used by John Deere.


Steve Ream converted a Coleman for Sears Model 72214
to a kerosene burning lantern for his brother, Michael.
The conversion included powder coating the fount
and adding a 200 vent, red valve wheel, and accessory safe.
The lantern burns quietly and gets regular use.


Bernd Leopold deepened the fount of his 829B Petromax
so that it now holds 2 liters of kerosene.
He also had to lengthen the rapid preheater and fuel tubes.
Bernd supported the outer band of brass
with two vertical straps inside the fount.

petromax8293mantlelanternrunningleopold petromax8293mantlelanternmixingchamberleopold


Bernd Leopold converted another 829B Petromax (500 cp)
to a three mantle lantern, each rated at 150 cp.
He made a new mixing chamber in the shape of a hollow disk (middle image)
into which he joined 3 drop tubes
leading to the burner caps and mantles (right image).


This 150 cp Santrax came with parts misaligned and a corroded manometer
so Ludwig Gebauer converted it to an alcohol fueled low pressure lantern.
He replaced the preheater with a small fuel line to fill the preheater cup
and added a functioning manometer to pressurize the fount to 0.2bar,
the ideal pressure for lamps he has modified or constructed.


Ernst Frei was inspired by Ditmar lantern Model 541
when he created this lantern using a Hasag 551 fount and burner
and an Indian flat wick hurricane lantern.
Ernst had to extend the outer pump cylinder
as well as the vapourizer and tip cleaner.
He added two bolts to fasten the parts of the two lanterns together.


Agostino Del Coro used a Canadian Quick-Lite lamp fount;
the valve assembly (except for the wheel) from a Canadian 220E;
and the burner assembly, frame, and ventilator from a US 228F
to make his Quick-Lite Lamptern.


For this one Agostino Del Coro used a Canadian 169K lamp fount;
the valve assembly, burner assembly, frame, and ventilator from a US 228F;
and added a red sunrise Canadian 220E globe
to make this 169K Lamptern.


Is it possible to have too much shiny metal?
Jan Dyke removed the paint from an 1987 SMP mil-spec lantern
and buffed the steel.
The globe is a Coleman rather than the original quad glass.


Steve Ream made his KerOSpec 237 by combining a 1958 mil-spec fount
with the fuel system and collar from a Coleman 237A,
a red re-enameled vent from a Queen Products Division one mantle lantern,
and a Coleman for Sears Model 72217 lantern bail.
Steve also used the wire cylinder from a Coleman 206 in the preheater cup
and an amber globe on which he bead blasted a band to reduce glare.


Ed Dennis named his creation Big Maroonie.
Ed used a variety of parts including a Coleman 237 burner and frame,
an AGM ventilator, and a propane tank for the one gallon fount.
Modifications included extending the fuel line in the fount
with a roll of fine screen in the bottom of the line.
The lantern will run on white gas or kerosene.


Mark Parsons used a Coleman 228 dated Oct. 1971
and the black enameled ventilator from a Coleman for Sears
to make his Harley Davidson Coleman.
Mark painted the fount Harley orange,
and finished it off with the Harley decal.


Henk Kloosterman made his methylated spirit (denatured alcohol) lantern from a Anchor 950 lantern to operate on low pressure (0.4 bar)
in the style of Ludwig Gebauer’s Santrax lantern above.
Henk added an auxiliary air pressure fount under the tank
to help maintain the pressure.
The space between the tanks holds spare mantles and tools.


The International Coleman Collectors Club (ICCC) 20th Anniversary lantern was designed by ICCC President Brent Zier, with customization work performed by Darren Bentz (globe & label artwork and globe etching), Jeff Gaylord (application of red vent porcelain), and Fred Kuntz (fount label production/serialization).
279 Coleman 639C kerosene lanterns were customized in this project.



Jason Doss converted an AGM 2572 with a stress cracked fount
into a hummingbird feeder.
It may not be the prettiest lantern on the block
but the hummingbird (lower image) finds it to be “Sweet.”


Henk Kloosterman married a Petromax generator (for height)
with a 250 cp nozzle
to a Tilley mixing chamber
to create the core of this lantern.
The fount is from an electric water heater.
Henk and a friend made the ventilator from sheet copper.


The late Darren Bentz created his Winter Solstice lantern
from a 639C Coleman with a re-enameled ventilator from IPE,
painted fount & 200A valve wheel, and a “glue-chipped” globe,
in anticipation of “Doomsday” – 12-21-2012.


The late Doug Downs created The Canadian Fire & Ice
from a 222 series lantern date stamped January 1988
and ventilator from a Model 200.
The globe is from a Primus lantern.


© 2000-2020 Terry Marsh