This spirit/alcohol preheater can came with an AIDA Model 233 lantern in Ralph Trask’s collection. Note the antlered deer logo that signifies the AIDA brand.
This funnel and pricker came with a Model 2-K iron made by the Akron Lamp Co. circa 1930. Some manufacturers who supplied funnels with appliances did not include a filter in the funnel as did Coleman (below on this page) but the funnel often included a loop on the rim as seen here. The pricker wire has been lost from the handle. The handle is 2 1/4″ long with a 9/16″ loop at the end. This funnel and pricker are in Nancy Remkus’ collection.
This wrench came with a Model 7 iron made by the Akron Lamp Co., circa 1937. The wrench is 3 9/16″ long with nut openings of 5/16″ & 1/4″. An identical wrench came with an Akron-Radiant iron made a decade later. This wrench and irons are in Nancy Remkus’ collection.
This wrench, in Dwayne Hanson’s collection, came with an unfired 287 lantern that was manufactured by the American Gas Machine Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota. The wrench is 4 1/4″ long and with nut openings of 7/16, 3/8, & 5/16″.
Mike Morgan got this wrench with an AGM No. 3 stove. The shape of the 5 3/4″ long wrench is similar to the shape of the AGM wrench above. The wrench openings are 5/8 & 3/8″.
This wrench came with an AGM No. 4 stove in Jan Dyke’s collection. The wrench is 4 7/8″ long and fits the recessed 15/16″ filler cap and the 7/16″ valve wheel gland nut.
This unmarked wrench came with an AGM No. 7 stove in Greg Rubin’s collection. The 5″ long wrench fits the 5/8″ recessed filler cap and the 7/16″ valve wheel gland nut.
American Gas Machine Co., Inc. supplied this 391-280 wrench with their Model 3020 kerosene lantern. Unlike the 3470 wrench below, this one was not fastened to the lantern. It is 4 9/16″ long with nut openings of 3/4, 5/8, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16,3/8, and 5/16″ and a tapered 5/16-5/32″ slot for generator tips. This wrench is in Fred Kuntz’s collection.
American Gas Machine Co. Inc. attached wrenches to the wing nut in the base of the globe cage of several lantern models. This wrench was included with a Model 3470 lantern. It is 2 9/16″ in diameter and fits nut sizes 5/8, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, & 5/16″ & includes a tapered 1/4-1/8″ slot for generator tips.
This wrench came with Brien Page’s Model 2534 three burner camp stove. The wrench is 3 1/2″ long and fits nut sizes 1/2 & 3/8″ at the ends – everything on the stove. The center six-sided hole is for 5/16″ nuts.
This 5″ long wrench fits nut sizes 15/16, 7/16, 3/8, & 5/16″ nuts. As the 15/16″ fuel cap is an unusually large size that is only found on some AGM lamp and lantern models from the late 20’s, this may be wrench L49 that was sold with those models. Note that the wrench is stamped LAMPS & LANTERNS.
This unusual paper with foil backing funnel is meant to be folded as shown in the diagram in the center panel. Jan Dyke believes the funnel was made in Canada
as it came with a 1950’s Canadian Coleman 200 and the instructions are in English and French.
Coleman made this wrench for their Model R lamp. The wrench, in Shirley Willard’s collection, is 6 5/8″ long, not including the offset and has openings of 5/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, and 7/8″ nut sizes.
This wrench came with George Rocen’s Model M Coleman lamp. It is 4 7/8″ long, and fits nut sizes 13/16, 9/16, 7/16 & 5/16″ plus it has a slot that is 5/32″ wide for generator gas tips.
Coleman made this wrench for the CQ lamp model. It is 4 7/8″ long and fits nut sizes 13/16, 19/32, 7/16, and 11/32″. This wrench is in Neil McRae’s collection.
Coleman made this LQ 66 wrench for their Quick-Lite lamp & lantern models as well as for comparable models for Sunshine Safety. The wrench is 4 7/8″ long with 13/16, 9/16, 7/16″ openings and a 3/8″ diameter hole for hanging. This wrench is in Shirley Willard’s collection.
This wrench and funnel came with a No. 2 Coleman Canada iron in Roland Chevalier’s collection. The 2 1/2″ long wrench fits 1/2″ hex and 1/4″ square fasteners. The spun aluminum funnel lacks a filter and measures 2″ tall, 2 1/4″ diameter at the top, and 5/16″ at the spout.
This wrench came with a Coleman L220 lantern dated Aug. 1928. The instructions with the lantern identify this wrench as part no. 362-950. It is 4″ long and fits nut sizes 11/16, 7/16, & 2, 5/16″ plus a 5/32″ slotted generator tip remover. This wrench also came with iron Models 4A & 609.
Coleman made this cleaning needle, part number 104-905, to clean gas tips on early generators before built-in tip cleaners were designed. There is a 0.006″ wire at each end of this 1 5/16″ long shaft.
Coleman made this Q44 wrench to unscrew the generator tips for cleaning or replacement on Quick-Lite models. The wrench is 1 1/4″ long with a 5/32″ wide opening.
Coleman used combination fuel and air gauges from the U.S. Gauge Co., New York City, from the late 20’s through the 1930s for some of their models of heaters and ranges. This gauge, which is mounted vertically in the tank, registers the fuel level mechanically on the upper, red part of the dial (upper image) by using a floating cork (lower image) to move the red arrow. The gauge registers the pressure mechanically by flexing the Bourdon tube (A – upper image) which moves the black arrow (B – upper image) across the lower, black part of the dial (Boschen). This gauge from a Model 975D range is in Larry Hillhouse’s collection.
This burner cleaner tool came with a Coleman 609 iron. The tool is 3 1/8″ long, 1/4″ wide, and 0.015″ thick. Coleman recommended pushing the right end of the tool through subflame burner slots to remove any dirt or carbon once every three months.
Coleman provided cans to measure the amount of fuel to put in tanks in their irons to avoid overfilling them. A hole on the side of the can near the top (upper left and lower left images) prevented overfilling the can. Cans from Coleman Canada differ from cans from Coleman US: the wording on the sides is different and the opening in the top varies – round on the Canadian can vs. hemispherical on the US can. The cans were included with a Canadian 4A iron (upper) and a US 8A iron (lower), circa 1939, that are both in Nancy Remkus’ collection.
Coleman sold this 307-930 carbon scraper in the 1930’s and ’40’s to clean large generator tubes. The tool is 10 1/4″ long to the loop handle and has a sharpened end (lower image). This tool is in Warren Wright’s collection.
This is a Coleman “Universal Wrench,” that was designed to be used on several appliances. In this case it came with a Canadian Model 4A iron. It is 4 7/8″ long and has openings that are 13/16, 11/16, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, & 5/16″ as well as a tapered opening 1/4-1/8.”
This steel funnel came with a Coleman 520 stove with four legs that is date stamped 1942. Bob Foerster, whose collection this is in, notes that the shape of the funnel bowl is much the same as the burner cup and may have been pressed in the same machine. The funnel bowl has no hole to attach a chain to fasten it to the stove, perhaps leading to the funnels being lost from this model.
Coleman made this combination handle-wrench for the Model 530 “GI pocket stove.” The handle is 4 3/8″ long x 1 2/5″ high to hold the pots into which the stove fits. The wrench accepts 9/16 & 3/8″ nuts.
This eccentric wrench made by Coleman, part no. 220-B-950, nicely fits the globe base nut on 220/228 lantern models. This 3 5/8″ long wrench, in Neil McRae’s collection, is bent at the base to accept a 9/16″ nut.
Coleman supplied cans for pouring preheating alcohol into their kerosene fueled lanterns such as Model 237. Most of these cans are of unpainted steel. This can, in Don Colston’s collection, is painted and with use directions on both sides. The bend in the tube allows the user to fill the cup without removing the globe.
This all brass Coleman can for meth spirits (alcohol) does not appear in any Coleman literature we have seen and is unfamiliar to North American collectors. It may have been an export item or produced by a Coleman subsidiary in another country. Geir Wilhelmsen found this preheater can in Norway.
These more recently made plastic alcohol preheater bottles still have brass pouring tubes. Each has the Coleman parallelogram logo on the lid. The one on the left has a snap-on cap and came with a Coleman Canada 237 dated November, 1954. The one on the right has a screw-on cap and came with an undated Col-Max 333 that was made in Hong Kong. These preheater bottles are in Dean DeGroff’s collection.
The Coleman Lamp & Stove Co., Wichita, made this No. 1 funnel before the mid-1930’s, presumably under license from the Schuyler Co. The directions for use label (lower image) is usually missing. This funnel is in Tim Treutler’s collection. To see an earlier Schuyler version of this funnel, click here.
Coleman Canada made the No 0 filter funnel on the left and Coleman US made the one on the right. These aluminum funnels have the blue felt filters mounted in metal rings of aluminum (left) and copper (right). The copper-aluminum combination will act as a battery when the felt retains moisture so the filter corrodes into place. Most US funnels have aluminum rings. The Canadian funnel has a fine brass screen (not seen) below the felt filter.
Coleman in Wichita probably made this No. 0 aluminum funnel for Sears. The funnel came with a Sears stove that Dave McFarlan dated Jan. 1965.
Coleman used check valve tools like this one in the Wichita factory from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. The two enlarged sections serve to guide the tool in the pump well. The flat bit is similar to the one on 413-9401 below. This 14″ long tool is long enough for use on stoves. It is in Jim Nichols’ collection.
Coleman Part No 413-9401 is a check valve tool in Bob Hitchcock’s collection, It appears in Coleman Parts Catalog 32A which is dated Aug. 1955.
The check valve tool has been used in the Wichita factory from the 1970’s to the present. It accepts the check valve with the pump stem and is used with a 1/2″ drive socket wrench. The hardened end of the tool can be ground down to restore the bit This 8″ long tool is in Jim Nichol’s collection.
Another tool in Bob Hitchcock’s collection is this Coleman modified Utica brand pliers 1300-8. Coleman ground off the end of the pliers so it could be used to grip a burner tube for removal without removing the air tube.
This Coleman wrench is part no. 605-950. It is 4 1/8″ long and fits nut sizes 11/16, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, & 5/16″ and a slotted generator tip remover that tapers to 5/32″.
This wrench came with Coleman Model 236 and 237 lanterns made by Coleman in Canada in the late 1960’s according to John Garry. It is 4″ long and has 11/16, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, and 5/16″ openings plus a 1/4-1/8″ slotted opening, presumably for generator tips. This wrench is in Shirley Willard’s collection.
This 576-750 Aluminum Stove Cook Kit (top) and 508-1601 wrench (bottom) came with this unfired 400A stove in Matt Highstreet’s collection. The two halves (pots) fit together to hold the stove when not in use. The pot base (top, upper image) is 5″ on each side but expands to 6 1/2″ tall with the stove inside. The 3 1/2″ long wrench is stamped with 7/16 and 5/16″ openings.
Continental-Licht und Apparatebau Gesellschaft m. b. H. Frankfurt am Main, Germany made Transportable Lamp No. 66 circa 1910. These two wrenches were supplied with the lamp, that is in Erik Leger’s collection. The upper wrench is 154.5mm in length and has openings of 24, 13.45, and 8mm. The lower wrench is 146mm long and has openings of 13 and 8mm.
These two wrenches came with a Continental-Licht Model 4615S searchlight lantern in Erik Leger’s collection. The upper wrench is 115mm long and has 19.3 and 8mm openings. The lower wrench is 130mm long and has 13 and 8 mm openings.
This holder with two prickers/orifice cleaners came in an envelope labeled for Evening Star/Kildark, brands of Curtis’s & Harvey Ltd., later Lighting Trades and Welsbach Ltd. The 0.005″ diameter wires, now nearly gone, are held in a handle that has an overall length of 3.3″ ending in a 0.5″ loop, The handle wire diameter is 0.05″. This pricker set is in Neil McRae’s collection.
This spanner (wrench) came with a Coleman UK tripod stove and is used to tighten the burner. The opening fits a 3/4″ nut, as on the burner. The wrench is 3 13/16″ long and is in Mario Fourie’s collection with the stove.
This wrench came with a Foote Mfg. Co., Dayton, Ohio, lamp in Dwayne Hanson’s collection. The wrench is 4 3/8″ long and has 5/8″ hex and square openings, that are compatible with the nuts and bolts on the lamp.
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