American Gas Machine lanterns - models beginning with the mid-1930's


AGM Models 3606 (upper left), 3608 (upper right), 3614 (lower left), and 3618 (lower right)
are one mantle (upper) and two mantle models (lower).
These are instant lighting models that were introduced in 1936.
The globes on the 3608 and 3614 are labeled "MacBeth Thermo Made in USA."
The globe cage on the 3608 has been repainted and the fount on the 3618 was re-plated.
Model 3606 is in Agostino Del Coro's collection; Model 3618 is in Loren Abernathy's collection.


This is a pair of art deco styled AGM lanterns,
Model 3708 on the left, single mantled, and Model 3718 on the right, double mantled.
These 1937 lanterns burn either gasoline or kerosene.
The Model 3708 is in Craig Seabrook's collection.
The Model 3718 is in Darcy Vantiger's collection; photo by Dwayne Hanson.
Note that there is no top nut.
The top part of the ventilator unscrews to release the rest of the ventilator.


Model 3705 is a steel fount lantern
that burns kerosene or white gas.
The only accommodation for burning kerosene is an alcohol cup.
The valve stem is ~8o tilted down from horizontal,
a unique feature to this model,
presumably to aid the flow of air into the intake tube.


Model 3905 is similar to Model 3705 above
except that the valve is horizontal and it is gasoline fueled.
This lantern, in Bruce Strauss' collection, is not marked AGM
but came in a box addressed to Wisconsin Auto Stores
so may have been made for this company.


AGM's Sun Flame Model 2570 is often found with stress cracks in the brass fount.
This one (left) is polished to brass with only a little of the original maroon paint left.
The burner (center) lacks a screen in the 8 mm diameter burner cap
resulting in "backfires" when flames enter the burner chamber
under certain lighting conditions.
The top of the generator screws into the lower air tube, an unusual feature.
Mounted on a comparable fount from a Sears 7426 (= AGM 3006) the lantern still runs (right).


Above are three versions of AGM's Model 2572, a lantern model that probably dates to the 1940's.
The Sun Flame version (left) has the familiar maroon ventilator..
This all original lantern is in Fred Kuntz's collection.
The green version (center) is not stamped U.S. on the fount bottom as are other AGM lanterns from this period.
The maroon version (right), in Bob Meyer's collection, includes the original McKee Glasbake marked globe;
the logo is at the bottom just to the left of the frame vertical bar.


AGM's Model 3006 (left) and the AGM version for Sears (right)
which Sears sold as Model 710.7426.
These lanterns may be copies of Coleman's Model 243.
The Sears version has a number of steel parts;
Coleman made lanterns with comparable steel parts in 1943.
The original box that came with this lantern indicates that it was made during WWII.


Matthew Reid restored his Model 3016 lantern (left),
including a correct AGM mantle.
The 3016 with the nickel plated fount (right)
is in Bob Meyer's collection and has an original Ready Lite globe.



This SunFlame shade ring fits Model 3016
and has the same color enamel as the lantern.
This shade ring and lantern are in Kyle Sund's collection.
The underside of the shade ring (lower image)
is white enamel to increase reflectivity


This is AGM's model 3020 lantern
which burns kerosene.
All original, this Sun Flame lantern is in Fred Kuntz's collection.


AGM Model 3025 has a polished ventilator
and several parts in the pump that are aluminum.
It is an instant light model with the cleaner tip built into the fuel valve.
Parts for this model appear in a 1956 catalog.
The lantern on the left is in Craig Seabrook's collection.


Comparable to Coleman's Model 236, these AGM Sun Flame Model 3026 lanterns
have a large globe with a single burner.
The one on the left, in Neil McRae's collection, has a Sun Flame globe,
small filler opening, maroon painted fount, and no stamping on the fount base.
The one on the right has a plain globe,
large filler opening, green painted fount and is stamped
with AGM name and location on the bottom along with U.S.
This latter lantern may have been a military version.


AGM also made their Model 3026 (above) for Sears.
Sears listed it in their 1942 catalog as Model 710-7402.
This lantern, in John Stendahl's collection,
has a replacement globe.
The nickel plated filler cap appears brassy.


Model 3470 was a 500 cp kerosene lantern that was made for the
military in the early 1940's (left and center and in a civilian version as 3470-C (right).
military version is stamped US in the base, has a wrench
held in with the frame nut, and has a chain holding the filler cap.
The lantern on the left is in Dave McFarlan's collection
and the lanterns in the center and on the right are in Neil McRae's collection.


Model 3927 is another lantern produced for the military.
This one is unusual in having a Coleman type tip cleaner assembly.
The repainted fount is steel as are many other parts
suggesting that it was made during World War II.
It was found at a boot sale in southern England in the mid 1990's.
This two burner white gas model is probably rated at 300 cp.

 

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