Coleman US lanterns 1981 - 2000

Model 200A was made in green
towards the end of the production of this model in 1983.
This lantern and case are both dated Dec. 1980
and are in Mark Peterson's collection.


The last of the 220 series lanterns were made in June, 1983 (above)
when Coleman ended production of the 220K.
Production of the 228 series ended several years earlier.


The 220K dated June 1983 disassembled
can be compared here to the first in the series to be produced
in March 1928, 55 1/3rd years earlier.
None of the parts are identical by the end of production
although the ball nut and globe are interchangeable
between the two models.


Coleman single mantle CL1 (left), double mantle CL2 (center) and CLX (right)
were first manufactured in 1983, replacing the 200A and 220K models.
These models were among the first with an adjustable light;
the tip cleaner is in the orifice in the off position of the valve rotation.
The CL1 (later became Model 286) is dated Sept '84; the CL2 (later became Model 288)
in Doron Papo's collection, is dated Mar '84; and the CLX (later became Model 290) is dated Mar '84.


The only marking on this lantern reflector is U.S. PAT. NO. 4,535,390
which was granted to Coleman on Aug. 13, 1985.
The shiny aluminum reflector is on the CLX lantern above.
It is pivoted to its square shape
then stored under the rim of the fount bottom when not in use.
This reflector is in Tim Treutler's collection.


Between 1985 and '89 Model 290 was also finished in black
and was identified as The Powerhouse;
some of the black finished 290s were also labeled as Special Edition.
The one above, designated 290-700, is in Allan Kuderca's collection;
it has the original globe and is date stamped Aug. 1986.


Coleman made a limited number of the 290-700 Powerhouse lantern
that were finished in a ruby color, the stone signifying a 40th anniversary
and to commemorate the building of the 40 millionth lantern
by Coleman Wichita and Coleman Toronto.
The label identifies it as the 40 Millionth Lantern, November 17th, 1986.
This lantern is in Michael Merz's collection and is date stamped 11 86.


To further celebrate the 40 Millionth Lantern,
Coleman - Wichita made a limited number of the above
290 lantern but plated the founts and vents
and stamped an individual number on the bottom.
This one, in Dan Boschen's collection, is stamped 40000023.
It came from the estate of a Coleman engineer.


An Amish repairman in Holmes County, Ohio,
made over 300 of these Coleman "200A" lanterns
to meet the demand among the Amish for the discontinued 200A lantern
largely using parts for the 201 model but with a 200A generator and fuel-air tube.
The collar is a reproduction made of galvanized steel.
The fount is date stamped May 1987.


Model 286A (center), finished in red, is dated June '89
and is in Ron Lenfield's collection.
The 286A, dated May '98 (right), is in Matthew Reid's collection.


Coleman Models 290A700 (left) and 295 (right) are dated Dec '88 and Jun '91 respectively.
These lanterns and the metal cases were specially made for the Dutch army and navy.
Model 290 has never been used.
These lanterns are in Herman Mulder's collection.
Compare the typical cylindrical globes on these lanterns
with the same models dated Jan '96 below.


Model 214 is a single mantled kerosene model.
This lantern, in Doron Papo's collection,
is dated March, 1993.


This pair of Model 288 Limited Edition lanterns, in Michael Merz's collection,
are date stamped Oct., 1991 (left) and April, 1995 (right).
The one on the left is also identified on the label as 1992, Sportsman, and S/N 8424,
while the one on the right is also identified as 1995, and S/N 05683.
The newer lantern on the right has the older style pump held with a clip.


Coleman Wichita began making the 222 series lanterns
at least by May 1993, when this 222B7101 was built.
Look here to see earlier versions of the Coleman Toronto 222
and their version of the 222B.
This lantern is in Mike Loizzo's collection.


Coleman has made several models exclusively for the Japanese market
including this Model 635B743J.
The lantern produces 500 cp from a single burner
and is adjustable.
It is identified on the box as part of their Classic line.
The fount is dated Feb. '94.


Coleman Model 200B was manufactured in 1995 and '97.
As the earlier 200A this model has a single mantle but has variable light control
and a heat shield as in other models from this period.
The one on the left, marked 200B795, was made in August '95
and is in Craig Seabrook's collection.
The one on the right is dated June '97.


Coleman made a pale green version of Model 200B
for the Japanese market.
This lantern, in Michael Merz's collection,
is date stamped March, 1997.


Coleman made this Model 635B721 lantern, dated Jan '96,
exclusively for Leacock Coleman.
Also a 500cp lantern, it differs from the 635B743J above
in having a plastic pump mechanism
and a separate tip cleaner lever,
which must be in the up, not down, position to run.


Coleman's Powerhouse lanterns - Model 290 (left) and Dual Fuel 295-700T (right).
Both are dated Jan. 1996.
The boxes that both of these lanterns came in and the instructions
both show these lanterns with straight-sided globes.
While Model 295 can run on unleaded gasoline,
the generator will last longer if Coleman fuel/white gas is used.


Coleman began regular production of the NorthStar lantern
around the Oct. '95 date on this lantern.
This model won a design award in '97 and features
a tubular mantle that is fastened at the top and bottom of the globe cage,
electronic ignition, as well as variable light control.
This 550 cp rated lantern is in Matt Reid's collection.


Coleman made this limited edition Model 282 lantern
for the Japanese market.
This one mantle lantern, in Michael Merz's collection,
is date stamped June 1997.
The collar is printed Models 282 and 285.


Model 639B was made in Wichita, Kansas
in contrast to the earlier 639 Model
that was made in Canada.
This lantern is date stamped Jan. 1998
and is in Doron Papo's collection.


Model 282 is a 200cp lantern.
This lantern, in Doron Papo's collection,
is dated August 1998.
As with other Dual Fuel models,  it can run on unleaded gasoline,
but the generator will last longer if Coleman fuel/white gas is used.


Model 285-700T is the 2 mantle, 300 cp version of Model 282 above.
This lantern, in Clayton Heiderich's collection, is unfired.
It also date stamped August 1998 as Model 282 above.


The Millennium Limited Edition lantern, Model 290A-743J
was sold only in Japan.
This two burner model is stamped Feb. 2000 on the fount.
It came with the funnel and metal carrying case.
The globe has frosted images of the L316-1914,
LQ427-1926, 220D-1947, 635-1974, and 621D-1983.


Model 229 Exponent was a Coleman Wichita
continuation of the Coleman 222 series
with minor changes.
This unfired lantern is in Tim Treutler's collection,
and is date stamped Dec. 2000.

 

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