Sweden lamp manufacturers

atellasimplexcarlsson atellacorerunningcarlsson

A.B. Atella, an apparently short lived company in Stockholm,
made this Simplex lamp circa 1910.
The style is similar to the earliest Primus lamps.
Christer Carlsson made several missing parts and used an Aladdin mantle
to run the lamp (right), which preheats the kerosene fuel
in the loop above the burner.

primus394carlsson

The Primus brand was manufactured by Aktiebolaget B.A. Hjorth, Sweden.
Their Model 394/6 is an alcohol fueled variation on Model 994 (below)
made during WWII to conserve gasoline.
This lamp has the 2/3rds frosted globe =/6 model designation,
is date stamped AE=1940,
and is in Christer Carlsson’s collection

primus992

This Model 992 Primus harp lamp dates from 1955.
Another 300 cp model but with a different burner from the 1025 above.
Complete with an original globe which has a fitting lip on the bottom
that is held in place with a three-point screw fixing.
Also the top is cut lower down on the globe to reduce the heating effect from the burner.
This lamp is in Neil McRae’s collection.

primus993thilander

Model 993, as this one dated AA=1936 in Magnus Thilander’s collection,
was only a lamp model and did not have a bail/handle.
It could be fitted with a enameled reflector or opal glass shade.
This 200cp model burns kerosene
and is preheated with alcohol.

primus994thilander

Model 994, as this one dated AR=1952 in Magnus Thilander’s collection,
is another kerosene fueled 200cp model
that is preheated with alcohol.
This lamp came with a choice of three globes,
opal glass as seen here, fluted opal glass, and two-thirds frosted glass.

primus9951935runningmcrae

Primus Model 995, running in this image, is a table lamp model.
It is date stamped Z for 1935
on the bottom of the fount.
This lamp, in Neil McRae’s collection,
is complete with a shade ring
but lacks the parchment shade.

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primus1014b1931stephenson

Three views of a Primus Model 1014 table lamp. This lamp is a 300 cp kerosene model.
The lamp above is dated 1937 which is rather late for this model.
It is shown in the center with the opal globe, =1014/4.
This lamp is in Neil McRae’s collection.
The same model, lower, mounted in a harp frame with opal globe = 1014/B;
This lamp, dated 1931, is in Nils Stephenson’s collection.

primus1015uandshadecarlsson primus1015uburnercarlsson

Primus table lamp Model 1015 is similar to 1014 above
with the addition of a wood handle and a smaller fount.
The lamp is dated stamped U, =1930, and includes the original Primus shade.
With this shade and nickel plated fount the model is 1015/2.
This 300 cp kerosene lamp is in Christer Carlsson’s collection
and weighs about 4 1/2 pounds.

primus1022

This Primus Model 1022 was Bo Ryman’s first lamp.
His family used it for light in a rental cabin that had no electricity
As a teenager Bo retrieved the lantern from a shed, cleaned it up and used it again.
Later he found a replacement globe as the original had been broken.

primus1023thilander

Primus Model 1023, as Model 993 above,
was designed to be a lamp.
This lamp, in Magnus Thilander’s collection,
is date stamped Z = 1935 and has a lyre hanger base attached.
The lamp could be outfitted with an “iron plate” reflector
or opal shade and could be hung with a lyre hanger or wall bracket.

primus1024carlsson

Primus Model 1024/6, in Christer Carlsson’s collection,
is designated /6 for the two-thirds frosted globe,
which was available on a number of Primus lamp models.
This lamp is date coded Y=1934,
possibly the year this model was introduced.

primus1025rprice primus1025neil

These are two examples of the Primus 1025 table lamp. The one on the left appears to have been designed to be used outdoors. The lamp on the right has a reproduction shade made by Bo Ryman and is a close match to the original.
This model is a 300 cp kerosene lamp from the mid ’30s (left) and 1946 (right).
It was made in Sweden by Aktiebolaget B. A. Hjorth Stockholm. The lamp on the left is in the collection of Roger Price; image by Neil McRae, while the lamp on the right is in Neil McRae’s collection.

autoluxcarlsson autoluxrunningcarlsson

Aktiebolaget Lux, Stockholm, Sweden, made this kerosene gravity lamp street lamp that is nearly 1.5 m tall! Fuel from the fount at the top of the lamp travels down the small tube seen on the left in the left image. The fuel enters a vapouriser within the globe (seen on the right inside the globe in the left image) and travels back to the top where the heated fuel passes through a jet and back down the lamp cylinder (mixing chamber) to the burner. This lamp, in Christer Carlsson’s collection, dates to 1909-20 and produces 700 or more cp.

luxvictoriacarlsson luxvictoriarunningcarlsson

Aktiebolaget Lux also made this Victoria model
which is a kerosene gravity lamp for indoors.
Christer Carlsson, whose collection this is in,
runs the lamp (right) with an upright Aladdin mantle.
The Victoria dates to the same time period as the Autolux above.
This lamp is missing an outer, tulip-shaped glass shade.

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This table lamp model by Aktiebolaget Lux, in Birger Varemo’s collection,
dates to the same time period as the above lamps.
This lamp is nickel plated; it also came in a brass version with an integrated pump.
The upright mantle was hung on the wire suspended over the burner.
The globe is a replacement that is similar to the original.

optimus209

Aktiebolaget Optimus, Upplands Väsby, Sweden
made this Model 209 kerosene burner,
this 200 cp table lamp is complete with optional shade.
This lamp is in Neil McRae’s collection.

optimus210stephenson

This Optimus Model 210, in Nils Stephenson’s collection,
dates to the late 1930’s.
Nils notes that the shade fitted to this model
determines the model number.
The lamp is a 200 cp kerosene model
with an alcohol cup for preheating.

optimus250a

When Bo Ryman bought this Optimus lamp
it had a different globe and was a Model 250.
Bo was able to convince a workmate, who had this globe,
to trade it to Bo, thus making it a Model 250A.
This is another example of a lamp option
on a stove base.

optimus252stephenson

This Optimus Model 252,
in Nils Stephenson’s collection, dates to the 1950’s.
The fount stamping says 200P
because Optimus used the same fount on all models of the same size
beginning some time in the 1940’s.

optimus253thilander2

Optimus Model 253, in Magnus Thilander’s collection,
is a 200cp kerosene model
that likely dates to the 1930’s.
This pendant lamp has an added heat deflector.

optimus268

This Optimus Model 268 hanging lamp
is in Bo Ryman’s collection.

optimus300tablelampcaunter

The Optimus table lamp from the 1940’s is either Model 309 or 310,
depending on the shade which is missing (Nils Stephenson).
This 300 cp kerosene lamp is in Ian Caunter’s collection
and was photographed by Neil McRae.

optimus930lanternthilander optimus930lampthilander

A number of Swedish lamp models were lanterns with shades added.
An example is this Optimus Model 930, which was in Magnus Thilander’s collection.
The shade is original and the small can is for preheating alcohol
for the kerosene fueled lantern/lamp.
This version is 350 cp, not 300cp and is so marked.

radius106a

This is a Radius Model 106A outfitted as a lamp.
Bo Ryman bought this lamp from an employee of the Radius factory
after the employee had stored it for 20 years in his basement.
This 1960’s vintage lamp is in brand new condition.
The original fringe is made of glass beads threaded on ribbon
and held up by a thin wire pressed under the edge of the reflector.

radius107 radius107ryman

Small alcohol pendant lamps, like these Radius Model 107s, were made during WWII
when petroleum-based fuels were in short supply in Sweden; the fount holds about a half pint. The lamp has a vented filler cap so cannot develop pressure except by gravity
to fuel the generator under sufficient pressure to operate.
The lamp on the left is in Neil McRae’s collection.
Bo Ryman refinished his lamp on the right to the original.

radius114

Bo Ryman bought this Radius 114 lamp
in never-used condition.

radius143 radius145 radius146

Radius Models 143 (left), 145 (center), and 146 (right) lamps
were sold by the company as options to put on the stoves
which are Models 21 (left & right) and 17 (center).
The lamp on the left is in Neil McRae’s collection
while the ones in the center and on the right are in Bo Ryman’s collection.
These models were probably made in the 1930’s.

 

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