The Tingkwon Lamp and Stove Manufacturing Ltd., Hong Kong, made this Eye brand lantern. It is marked 500 cp and an image of an eye is stamped into the side of the fount. This alcohol preheating kerosene lantern is in George Burl’s collection.
Tito Landi, Paris, France, made this No. 33 lantern; it appears in a 1933 flyer by that company. This gasoline lantern is in Torsten Scherning’s collection. A wick carries fuel up from the fount to a chamber that develops the small but necessary pressure from the heat of the upright mantle to force the vaporized fuel out of the orifice. The lamp is rated at 200 cp and has an original mantle.
This No. 20 storm lantern also appeared in the 1933 Tito Landi flyer. This gasoline lantern is modeled after a flat-wick, hot blast lantern but still develops the small but necessary pressure as No. 33 above. It was rated at 40 candlepower by the manufacturer. This lantern lacks the manufacturer’s embossing and a valve wheel and sold for less money than brighter versions with a valve wheel. Agostino Del Coro photographed the Bunsen flame (right image) before he installed an upright mantle.
This unidentified lantern was found in a cave on Saipan that had been occupied by Japanese forces during WWII. The military sent it to Coleman for analysis. This 21 cm tall lantern held enough alcohol to burn for 3 hours at 30 cp. This lantern is in Jerry Engbring’s collection.
An unknown manufacturer may have built this Stormaster lantern circa 1950-55 when southern Australia was experiencing electric supply and distribution problems (Holmes via Press). The burner assembly is almost identical to Coleman Model 249, according to Jason Tyler, whose collection this is in. The mesh globe is a replacement.
These Ash Flash Model lanterns were probably made in Hong Kong by the Union Metal Works for the North American market (Press). Model 1010 (left as sold in the US & right as sold in Canada) shares several design features with later KampLite models which can be seen on the AGM later lantern models page. The lantern on the left is in Fred Smith’s collection. The lantern on the right is in Matt Reid’s collection.
Ash Flash 1022 (left) is a two mantled model from the same time period as Model 1022 above. This lantern is in Fred Smith’s collection. The lantern on the right, in Thom Kivler’s collection, is identified as a Roddy, Model WF2200 and was likely made by Union Metal Works as well.
Two Unimet lanterns, Model GL-1 upper and GL-4 lower were made in Hong Kong by Union Metal Works. The GL-1 shares some design features with the Ash Flash and the Kamp Lite (AGM) models, but also has an “international” look with the use of red and chrome seen on lanterns from other countries and the Coleman Col-Max models. This lantern is in Phil Rhoades’ collection. The GL-4, in Scott Wallis’ collection, is a double mantle model that has a triangular air/fuel mixing chamber (lower right image) and an “inverted cup” base rest.
Union Metal Works may have made this Camper Brand Model 1 lantern (left) which is the very similar to their Model No. 3 (right). The collar on the undated Camper is stamped Made in Hong Kong, and the fount is also marked Burns Leaded or White Gas. The collar on the No. 3 is dated 1965 as well as Made in Hong Kong; and the fount is also marked Burns Leaded or White Gas. These lanterns, in Glenn Knapke’s collection, include the original globes.
This unknown lantern model is stamped Unimet and Made in Hong Kong on the fount. The tag on the base rest only states 500 C P. This petromax style lantern, in Agostino Del Coro’s collection, has two unusual features: 1. the top of the rapid preheater is beveled to help direct the flame to the top of the generator (middle image) and 2. the pressure release screw is directed to the central axis rather than parallel to the body of the pressure gauge (bottom image).
Nomad brand appliances were marketed in Australia and were likely made by Unimet (McRae). This Model 164 kerosene two mantle lantern is unfired. Note the two air tubes to supply the mantles with sufficient air to properly burn the kerosene. The alcohol preheater cup is between the base of the air tubes and surrounds the generator base. This lantern came from Australia and is in George Burl’s collection.
This is a Campway Sundowner MkII Model 4100 two mantle lantern. Campway brand appliances were also marketed in Australia but by a different distributor from the Nomad 164 above. The base rest is stamped Hong Kong British Empire. Tony Press ran his lantern on kerosene (right image) after preheating with alcohol.
This Unimet lantern is in Ian Washer’s collection in the UK. It has not been restored. This model is unusual in its similarity to a Tilley storm lantern. The image was taken by Neil McRae.
This lantern was also made by the Union Metal Works. The box identifies it as a Solar Minor rated at 300cp. The ventilator, burner assembly, and fuel valve are all similar to those parts on a Tilley lantern. This lantern is in Jason Tyler’s collection.
This GE-RI brand lantern, in Rolf Hübener’s collection, is also marked on the collar Model 829, 500 cp, and Rapid, however the manufacturer is not identified on the paperwork or the lantern. Even though it is also marked Original and Germany, Neil McRae believes that it was made by what is now the Shanghai Pressure Lamp Factory, Shanghai, China, based on its similarity to their Anchor brand products.
James Harvey found this lantern in Germany. It has no markings but closely resembles a Coleman models 242 and 242A from the early to mid-1930s. The ball nut, plated brass ventilator, bail, valve wheel and tip cleaner lever are all different from Coleman models.
Please contact me if you know the manufacturer and/or country of origin of this lantern.
A Ditmar Maxim Model 519 lantern that was manufactured by Vereunigte Emaillierwerke Lampen und Metallwarenfabriken Aktiengesellschaft, Wien, Austria.
This model was perhaps made in the 30’s by this Austrian company after Germany had taken over the country. It is a 300 cp lantern with all the working parts in good order, according to Neil McRae, but the base rest is missing and the fount has a crack at the base rim so he suspects it will not run.
This Ditmar Maxim Model 520 lantern is also stamped Made in Austria on the fount. The lantern, in Roland Dworschak’s collection, is a kerosene fueled, alcohol preheated, 350 cp model.
Ditmar Maxim Model 541 is a 300cp kerosene lantern with built-in pump and single mantle, although it resembles a cold blast, flat wick lantern. Neil McRae, whose collection this is in, notes that the lantern is nickel-plated steel construction. This model shows up occasionally in Australia. The globe is a replacement.
Ditmar Maxim Model 501 is a 300cp kerosene lantern in a more conventional design than Model 541 above. This lantern, in Chriss Maier’s and Michaela Muschak’s collection,
is preheated with alcohol.
Ditmar kerosene lantern Model 581 is 100cp and 25cm tall. The lantern on the left, in Ralph Trask’s collection, is the older of the two and includes optional green enameled shade No. 609. The lantern on the right, in Neil McRae’s collection, includes the box.
Neil dates this lantern to the mid 1950’s.
Model 593, in Ralph Trask’s collection, is date stamped Sept. 1941 and is gasoline fueled. This model is 100 cp and 25 cm tall as Model 581 above. The tip cleaner is built into the shut-off valve and operates with every revolution of the valve wheel.
This lantern is only stamped Ditmar Maximette with the logo and Made in Austria. It is a 100 cp gasoline lantern in Bernard Müller’s collection. It has two unusual features: 1. the bail is jointed in the middle and has a wire handle top, and 2. the pump handle is a cap that covers the rest of that part.
This lantern is also only stamped Ditmar Maximette with the logo and Made in Austria. Agtas Tahsin, whose collection this is in, identifies the model as 581, and believes it was either a bunker lamp to shield the light or it was designed for heating with the sliding door closed. It is further unusual in being a two mantle model (right). Another Ditmar model with the same shield was made in 1935 for the Austrian Army and came in a box with spare parts and accessories (Tumidajewicz).
This lantern is stamped Radiosol 850 and is marked Fabricacion Volcan Industria Argentina. This lamp with its removable shade ring is in Neil McRae’s collection.
Wenzel, a St. Louis, Missouri, company imports this 500 cp, kerosene fueled Petromax clone from China, where it is possibly made by Santromax Ltd. It comes packed in a wood box with a shade and all the accessories. This one, in Michael Loizzo’s collection, is dated Jan 10, 2002.
This Model 59 hurricane lantern was made in Australia by the Wizard Lighting Co. It appears to be a 400 cp model and has an aluminum ventilator. The generator and burner have similarities to items made by Nagel-Chase Mfg. Co., Chicago, Illinois, USA. This lantern is in Albert White’s collection.
This Yüksel brand lantern appears to Neil McRae, whose collection this is in, to be a copy of an Optimus 200. The lantern is a 200/250 cp kerosene model that is also stamped Türk Mali – Made in Turkey. The iMS logo (right) appears on the fount, frame base plate, and ventilator. If you have information on the manufacturer, please contact me.
This Model 426 Zeppelin brand lantern was probably manufactured in Asia. The lantern, in Jim Watt’s collection, was once nickel plated and includes a fuel gauge (right) and pressure gauge (not visible). The bottom is stamped 63/No 16805 so the lantern may date to 1963.
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