Jason Tyler got this tip cleaner with a collection of hollow wire items. It was made by The Gloria Light Co. of Australasia, Melbourne, Australia. It is just over 2″ in length and is missing the cleaning wire. The tip cleaner is painted tin plate.
Graetz Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH made this wrench for their Petromax lanterns. The wrench is 127mm in length and fits nut sizes 15, 10, & 9mm. The tapered shank is a gauge to adjust the distance between the gas tip and the air tube for the 350/500 cp lantern(left) and 250cp lantern (right). The tip is a screwdriver to unscrew the center bolt that holds the globe cage to the fount.
This funnel and wrench came with a Hercules Mfg. Model 1 Stovette in James “Smitty” Smith’s collection. The funnel has a wire ring for hanging; a common feature of funnels that came with these appliances. The 4 1/2″ long wrench includes a 5/8″ opening for the gland nut and a 3/16″ opening for the fuel valve (shown on right).
The Primus brand 1050 and 1080 series lanterns, made by Aktiebolaget B.A. Hjorth, Sweden, were supplied with this 96mm long wrench. It fits nut sizes, 17.5, 9.5, 9.0, 4.0 and 1.5mm. This wrench is in Neil McRae’s collection.
Neil McRae made this wrench primarily to work on Primus type kerosene stoves but it also is useful on a few Petromax style lanterns. The end of the 16mm diameter shaft (right + close up) has a 5mm slot for the pump check valve and the end of the 12mm diameter shaft (left) has a 4mm slot for the gas tips. The manufactured tools for this purpose can easily damage these brass parts. This wrench is 26 cm long; the 3/4″ hex on the upper handle doesn’t work well for removing stove burners as it quickly hits the stove legs.
This 4″ long wrench came with a Lind-O-Lite lantern model with a wide ventilator and carburetor valve. The wrench has openings of 11/16, 7/16, and 5/16″ with a slot got generator gas tip removal. This wrench is in Henry Plews’ collection.
The upper generator tip cleaner came with the Lind-O-Lite lantern as above It is 2 1/4″ long and the loop is 5/8″ in diameter. The loop is at right angles to the wire, perhaps causing the wire on one side to be missing. The lower tip cleaner is of unknown manufacture. It is 2 1/2″ long and has a1/2″ diameter loop. These are in Henry Plews’ collection.
This tip cleaner came with an Aladdin Model A lantern, made by the Mantle Lamp Co. of America. This tool, in Dwayne Hanson’s collection, is 2 7/8″ long.
This wrench was supplied with the M1950 military stoves and fits between two of the stove’s legs when not in use. It measures 3 1/4″ long and has nut openings that are 11/16, 7/16, and 11/32″ plus a tapered slot for generator tips. This wrench is in Neil McRae’s collection.
Mil-spec lanterns were made by a number of manufacturers from 1944-1991 under contract to the U.S. Quartermaster Corps. The wrench at the top is bent up at both ends so it will fit under a clip in the frame base. It is 3 3/8″ long and has 9/16″ and 1/8″ openings; a tip cleaner is held in place by a clip. This wrench was supplied with lanterns up to the mid 1950’s. The wrench at the bottom was supplied with lanterns from the mid 1950’s on; it differs in being bent up only at one end and fits in the parts well in the fount. These wrenches are in Dwayne Hanson’s collection.
This key style wrench came with a Monitor iron in Glenn Knapke’s collection. The wrench is nickel plated cast iron, 2 3/8″ long and fits hex nut size 1/2″ and square nut size 1/4.”
The upper tip cleaner is the Swedish Optimus brand. It is 125mm long and the wire diameter is 0.035mm (0.015″). The lower tip cleaner is the German Petromax brand. It is 112mm long and the wire diameter is 0.0.025mm (0.010″).
This Optimus alcohol can and wrench came with a Model 00L stove. The 57 mm x 29 mm can holds enough alcohol to preheat the stove several times. The 130 mm long wrench appears to be for a number of models as only the smaller, 17 mm opening fits the two nuts on this stove. The larger opening is 22 mm. This stove set is in Ralph Trask’s collection.
Six methylated spirits cans (front row, left to right): the Optimus Automatic can is 75mm tall and has a 150 ml capacity, the SVEA Nr. 866 can is 60 mm tall and has a capacity of 60 ml, and the Primus No. 1738 can is 35 mm tall and has a capacity of 45 ml. The 1738 can was part of a 221 stove kit. Back row, left to right: the Optimus No. 69 oval can is 115 mm tall and holds 90 ml, the SVEA Nr. 969 can is 75 mm tall and holds 100 ml; and the Primus No. 1745 can is 75 mm tall and and holds 100 ml. These cans are in Bud Michaels’ collection.
John Rugotzke got this 4 1/8″ long wrench with a Prentiss Wabers L13 lantern. The openings fit the 3/4″ frame nut, 1/2″ valve packing nut, 7/16″ generator jamb nut, 3/8″ cleaning lever packing nut, 5/16″ valve knob nut, and 5/32″ generator tip.
Radius Catalog 56 from 1956 identifies this multipurpose tool as #9095 with fittings for the jet, generator, and control valve box nut for models 103, 106A, 110A. 114, and 119 (Ryman). The wrench is 132 mm in length; the openings are 19, 14, 12, 10, and 9 mm plus a hole in the middle with half-round diameters of 9 and 6 mm.
This 143 mm long wrench came with a Wards Western Field stove in Jonny Bushaw’s collection. The wrench is stamped Japan in the lower right corner The openings are 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 mm.
This key style wrench came with The “Royal” Iron and is in Glenn Knapke’s collection. It is 2 3/4″ long with a 3/4″ “L” and fits hex nut size 1/2″ and square nut size 1/4″ which controls the fuel flow. This key style wrench was used on early iron models that lacked a valve wheel.
Sizes 0 (left), 1 (center) and 2 (right) funnels, in Bud Michael’s collection. The stamping says: “Schuyler Filtering Funnel, Pat. Mar. 21, 1911, Savannah, MO” (Missouri). Coleman later partnered with the Schuyler Co. and still later further improved the funnels and sold them as Coleman (Michael). The “radial ribs” support the funnel per the patent.
This earlier No. 1 Schuyler funnel has an identifying badge soldered to the side rather than being stamped as on the Schuyler funnels above. It also lacks the No. 1 size stamping as on the above funnels. The Schuyler patent 987261 included the use of chamois held by a circular frame in the bottom to remove water and impurities. This funnel is in Bud Michael’s collection.
The W.S. Schuyler Mfg. Co. made this No. 1 “Static Proof” funnel after they moved to Springfield, Ohio. Please compare to the earlier Schuyler funnels above. The patent for this funnel is 2,138,256; it was awarded on November 29, 1938 (Michael). The filtering pad for the funnel is in the lower image. This funnel is in Tim Treutler’s collection. To see a later version of this funnel made by Coleman, click here.
The wrench and alcohol bottle above came with SunFlame kerosene lantern Model 112 and are both figured in the parts list, dated Mar. 1955, that came with the lantern. The 4″ long wrench fits nut sizes 9/16 & 7/16.”
Jon Schedler got this wrench and another like it with 2 Thomas Mfg. Co. lamps, Model M1001. Originally the steel was blued. This 5″ long wrench fits nut sizes 3/4, 1/2, 3/8, & 5/16″.
This wrench was supplied with Tilley irons DN250 and DN250A. The wrench is 3 1/2″ long and is for nut sizes 3/4, 5/8, 1/2, & 3/8″. This wrench is in Neil McRae’s collection.
This is the earlier of two types of funnels made by the Tilley Lamp Co. The later funnel has a bent spout so when it is used the top is level (McRae). The funnel is 11 cm tall x 7.2 cm in greatest diameter. The fine brass screen in the bottom is supported by a piece of brass with larger holes.
Tilley made this plastic dipstick, perhaps in the 1950’s, to measure the correct fuel level in the fount of a number of models: the EX100, PL53, TL10, TL13, R1, TL106, TL136, X246, KL80, and Life Buoy (donut lamps). This dipstick is in Steve & Jill Wood’s collection.
The upper image is of the tip cleaner that came with the Model 33 Tito Landi lantern in Torsten Scherning’s collection. The lower image is of the preheater torch that came with the lantern.
Shirley Willard and I both have this wrench, possibly made by a pressure lamp manufacturer. This 4 9/16″ long wrench fits nut sizes 13/16, 11/16, and 1/2″.
Another wrench possibly made by a pressure lamp manufacturer, this wrench is 5 3/4″ long and fits nut sizes 9/16, 17/32, 1/2, 7/16, & 5/16″.
These wrenches, in Neil McRae’s collection, are used to remove/replace check valves and orifices from Swedish blow torches/blow lamps, stoves, and some lanterns and lamps. The roarer burners on stoves require the “jointed” shaft tools (bottom) a difficult job but the only good way to get to the orifice.
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