US lantern manufacturers A - I

The Workhorse brand 500 cp lantern
is manufactured by the CJN Adams Corp. in Iowa, using foreign and domestic parts.
Besides having a positive fuel shutoff (left image-knob to the left)
it has a different design for the air/fuel mixing tube (right image).
This lantern is in Brien Page's collection.
For safety only use kerosene fuel in this lantern.


The Albert Lea Gas Light Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota,
made this 400cp lantern in their several year history that began in 1910.
The successor Brite Lite Company also made this model (their No. 69 - see below
before the assets were bought by the American Gas Machine Co.
The generator requires preheating by an access to the right of the air tube.
This 20" tall lantern is in Henry Plew's collection; images by Neil McRae.


Originally designed and built for the military by a consortium of 4 lantern manufacturers,
this lantern was later built by other companies
that successfully bid for the government contracts.
This lantern, in Roger Hill's collection, was built by Auto-Fab Manufacturing (AFM),
Mansfield, Ohio, in 1967.


The Best Light Co, Canton, Ohio, made this Model 304 lantern.
The spun steel fount had been painted by a previous owner;
the original finish was an unknown plating.
The tip cleaner rod is worked from below the globe cage.
This one burner, torch-lighting lantern
is in Fil Graff's collection.


The Brite Lite Co., Albert Lea, Minnesota,
made this Model 69 lantern, which is in Jim "Smitty" Smith's collection.
Brite Lite described the finsh on this lantern as "oxidized copper"
and noted that the 2 quart fount will supply fuel to run the lantern for up to 24 hours.
This lantern includes the original glass globe.
Compare this lantern to the Albert Lea Gas Light Co. lantern above.


The Brite Lite Co., also made this Model 99
lantern that appears in Catalog No. 5 that can be dated to circa 1916 (McRae).
This single mantle, torch lighting, gasoline lantern
was also advertised as producing 400 cp.
The bail attachment to the central part of the ventilator
and the wire guard around the globe are unusual.


The Economy Lamp Co., Kansas City, Missouri, made this torch lighting gasoline lantern.
Patent 1143238 helps date this lantern to 1914-15.
The vertical rod (lower left in the right image) controls the pricker
and opens the generator for the flow of fuel through the orifice.
Sliding doors in the frame base plate open for preheating.
This lantern, in John Hess' collection, lacks the mica globe.


The Economy Lamp Co. made this early version of Model 408
between 1920 and 1924 according to Neil McRae.
The burner on this one is a much larger inverted "U" shape
and the generator has a wire spiral designed to speed the match lighting process.
The door in the mica globe slides up to light.
This lantern is in Tameo Gomi's collection.


The Economy Lamp Co. made this Model 408 lantern, after 1925
according to Neil McRae who has compared the burner to other burners made by this company.
Unfortunately the lantern was figured in the Coleman Collectors Guide 1903-1954
and mistakenly identified as Coleman Model NL 323.
Some of the NL 323's were converted to match lighting which makes the lantern resemble Model 408.
This lantern is in Yoshihiro Sugimoto's collection.


This Handy Lite lantern was manufactured by Enterprise Tool &  Metal Works, Chicago.
This lantern, in Fil Graff's collection, has a reproduction mica globe
and is operating at only 45 cp in this image.
The lantern has a small fount but is similar to two others
that we know of by this manufacturer.
This lantern appeared in a 1922 advertisement by this company.


The burner with the characteristic horizontal air intake tubes
is similar to those made by Thomas Mfg. Co.,
but a 1916 advertisement for this lantern identifies it
as a product of the Foote Mfg. Co., another Dayton, Ohio, firm.
This model, in Doug Dwyer's collection, draws air in through the holes around the rim (center image)
and connects by inside ports to the air intake tubes (right image).
The ventilator bolt is from a Foote Mfg. Co. lamp.


The Gloria Light Co. of Chicago
may have manufactured this Model 12 Oxo Gas lantern prior to 1915.
This 400cp model was designed to burn either kerosene or white gas (right image).
The bail on this lantern is a replacement wire for the original.
This lantern is in John Rugotzke's collection.


A second lantern model by the Gloria Light Co.,
this single burner has a push-pull tip cleaner.
Neil McRae, whose collection this is in, was able to get it running
even though the tip cleaner is broken.
The image on the left shows it running on gasoline
although it may be a kerosene model.


A third lantern model by the Gloria Light Co.,
this single burner lantern is 15" high
and the turban fount base is 7" in diameter!
This lantern was also sold as Knight Light Company's Model 311.
Larry Dunbar has restored this lantern
but it still needs a tip cleaner wire (right image) at the top of this torch lighting model.


Neil McRae designated this unknown Gloria Light Co. lantern as Model "AJ,"
this lantern, in George Remkus' collection, is a two mantle version of the preceding model.
The tip cleaner lever is at the bottom of the generator,
rather than the top as on the preceding,
and is not engaged in the up position in the left image.
The mica globe was removed for this image.


Also made by the Gloria Light Company,
based on the burners this is Model "R"
in Neil McRae's system of designation of this company's products.
This match lighting model also appears in a copper finish
and was badged and sold by the Knight Light Company, also of Chicago.
This lantern is in George Remkus' collection.

gloria lantern j

This Gloria double-mantled, unlabeled lantern
Neil McRae, the owner of the lantern,
has designated this one as Model "J"
as explained above.
A unique feature is the the pair of spring clips
that hold the ventilator to the top of the frame.


Based on the burner design this lantern
was manufactured by the Gloria Light Co. of Chicago, Illinois,
for the Sunshine Safety Lamp Co., Kansas City,
whose label is soldered to the bottom of the fount.
This lantern is in Dwayne Hanson's collection.


This is a prototype for the Model 500CK lantern model
that Levi Glick developed in the summer, 2001 for his
H.C. Lanterns company in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.
He uses Coleman founts with his burner (right image)
in a kerosene version (left image) and a naptha (white gas) version.
The ventilator is his design; the lantern can be hung from a ceiling
with an optional lamp hanger rod.


This is the production version of the H.C. Model 500C lantern above.
The vent is stainless steel with no additional finish
and the Coleman fount is date stamped April, 2010.
This lantern is in Dan Davis' collection.
The lantern can still be suspended with an optional hanger rod.


The Herz Manufacturing Co., St Paul, Minnesota
made this 350 cp Marvel-Lite lantern.
It has a built-in pump; air enters the intake
via holes in the top of the base tube under the globe cage base
This lantern lacks the mica globe and one burner cap.
This torch lit lantern is in Bob Frank's collection.


The stenciling on the fount states: No 456,
Mfd. by Hydro Carbon Light Co., Seattle (Washington).
The lantern resembles other models
that were known to be marketed for lighting poultry houses.
This lantern, in Michael Merz's collection,
may have been made by another manufacturer.


This lantern may have been manufactured by the Incandescent Light & Stove Co., (ILSCO),
Cincinnati, Ohio, based on similarities of the burner and other parts to other possible ILSCO products (McRae).
The match lighting lantern has a tip cleaner access above the generator (right image).
The globe is comprised of four, slide-in mica panels.
This lantern is in Dave Harris' collection.
Please contact me if you have one of these lanterns or paperwork that shows this model.

 

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