UK lantern manufacturers

The Blanchard Incandescent Lamp Company of London, England,
manufactured this lantern probably between 1910 and 1920.
This model used a soft rag mantle on a ceramic ring.
Neil McRae restored this lantern to near the original colors.
Note the fuel line is outside of the globe cage.


This Evening Star lantern was made in the mid 1920's by
Curtis's & Harvey Ltd., Wandsworth, London.
Built in the American style, this lantern has two mantles and a generator
with the same sort of fitting as on Akron's Diamond brand.
After 1925 this company became part of Lighting Trades Ltd.
then disappeared around 1931.
This Model R92076 lantern is in Neil McRae's collection.


The Evening Star lantern was made by Curtis's & Harvey, London.
This model is similar to their R92076, Stormproof lantern, above
but has a unique integral pump.
The pump handle's inner shaft is threaded and can be screwed into the pump valve
to form a positive seal as on many Coleman models.
The mica globe is a reproduction by Fred Kuntz.
This lantern is in Henry Plews's collection.


Falk, Stadelmann Co, London, made this Veritas Model P9955B lantern.
It is a 300 cp kerosene burning model.
This model has a tip cleaner at the top of the generator
and is operated via a linkage that runs through the base plate (missing here).
This lantern is in Neil McRae's collection.


Falk also made these Veritas Models 350 (left) and Superb (right) lanterns,
both seen here working, a difficult feat as they are temperamental.
The Superb lantern has a burner that looks similar to Coleman cast brass burner units
but the generator is in the same style as Tilley and Bialaddin vaporisers.
These lanterns are in Neil McRae's collection.
Both models were produced in several finishes.



Another version of the Veritas Superb lantern above,
this one is badged Coleman Ranger 239E,
Paraffin (kerosene), and Made In England.
This lantern is in Colin Mills' collection.
Neil McRae dates this lantern to the 1950's-60's
but we have no information on its manufacture.


The Thermidor brand lantern was manufactured by Samuel Heath & Sons, UK, probably in the 1950's.
The fount, controls, burner and base are the same
as on this Veritas bowl fire (radiant heater).
The lantern on the left belongs to John Mountstevens;
the running Thermidor on the right is in Neil McRae's collection.
This lantern was also badged and sold as a Veritas by Falk Veritas (Neil McRae).



Kynoch Ltd, Birmingham, manufactured this 300 cp kerosene lantern
based on a design by National Stamping & Elec. Works, Chicago, USA.
The torch lighting lantern is almost all brass construction with a copper badge (lower image)
This lantern and a tripod stove model were announced in The Ironmonger,
a UK periodical for the hardware trade, in a December 1920 issue.
This lantern is in Dennis Peterson's collection.



This SunFlame Model 106 lantern is stamped Made in England (lower image)
and SF Appliances Ltd., London, England.
It seems to be the same as the 106 model made by SF Appliances in the US
except for the ventilator that has a different hole pattern
and lower piece which was plated rather than enameled.
This lantern with original globe is in Gary Rudd's collection.


This early Vapalux hand lamp
was only made under military contract during WWII.
Vapalux is a brand of Willis & Bates in the UK.
This model is in Neil McRae's collection;
from the collection of the late John Findlay.


This Model 300 Vapalux has the Ministry of Defense arrow and is date stamped 1945.
The manometer (right) doubles as a filler cap.
Kenny Connolly, whose collection this is in,
carefully matched the blue paint to the original during his restoration.


Vapalux Model M1 is a military version
that probably dates to the 1960's
according to its owner, Doron Papo.


Willis & Bates sold this civilian version of the M1
between 1968 - 1979, according to George Burl,
whose collection this lantern is in.


Vapalux Model M1B is a current model
made by Bairstow Brothers Ltd.,
formerly Willis and Bates.
This lantern, in George Burl's collection,
holds a litre of kerosene that will allow it to operate for 10 hours,
at approximately 60 watts, according to the manufacturer.


Aladdin Industries Ltd., Greenford, England, marketed this
Bialaddin 300X Model made by Willis & Bates, Halifax, UK.
This lantern, unfired and with the box, was made in 1948
and is in Steve and Jill Wood's collection.


This Model 300X is date stamped 1949
and has the Ministry of Defense arrow
and A.M. (Air Ministry) also stamped on the base rest.
The lantern is in Philip Rhoades' collection.


Bialaddin 305X came with a chrome fount and green enamel ventilator
as seen here in George Burl's collection,
and with a green fount and ventilator.
The filler cap is a smaller 1" diameter compared to the 300X above
and the ventilator shape was changed.
This model dates to the early to mid 1950's.


This unfired Bialaddin Model 310 was made by Willis and Bates, Halifax, UK.
In this model the glass rests on the collar
not on indents on the 3 alloy legs as on the models in the images below.
There is a small hole in the collar (not seen here) for adding methylated spirits (alcohol)
into a preheater cup and for lighting the preheater fuel.
This lantern is in Steve and Jill Wood's collection.


Willis and Bates made these two Model 320 lanterns under the Vapalux brand after 1968.
The lantern on the left is a Rothman's special, chrome plated,
which was available by redeeming cigarette stamps.
The standard lantern was available in either chrome plate or silver paint.
All the parts are still available to keep these running.
Both of these lanterns are in Neil McRae's collection.


Neil McRae dates this unusual Model 320 to the late 1960s
when chrome plated founts and two piece green enameled ventilators were standard parts,
although not seen paired in this combination before.
Neil further notes that lanterns with chrome plated founts were more expensive.
Kameron Bissell, whose collection this is in,
traced the history of this lantern back to a Coleman executive in Wichita, Kansas.


Willis & Bates also made the Bialaddin brand.
Here the Model 315 lantern, which was made from the early to late '60's.
This 300 cp kerosene lantern is unusual
in that it is finished in cream paint rather than silver/gray paint.
This lantern is in Neil McRae's collection.


Bialaddin Model 310 was made in the mid 1950's,
according to Neil McRae.
This lantern, in John Bell's collection,
has the original Bialaddin Pyrex globe.
As on the 315 above, this model has an alloy globe cage.

 

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