US lantern manufacturers P - Z

This unmarked lantern was probably made by the Pitner Gasoline Lighting Co., Chicago, IL,
based on the burner caps, orifice and filler cap,
that are all the same as on that company's Model 2001 lamp.
The cast iron burner (right) has a door to clean the tip on this torch lighting lantern,
which is in John Eggert's collection.

Prentiss Wabers Products Co. in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, made these Model L13 lanterns
in 1933 (both blue and green versions; Pagan) and 1934 (green version only; catalog).
This early model has the pump combined with the filler cap, as on Model L14 (below left).
In their later models these two parts were separated in the fount.
The lantern on the left is in John Shook's collection.
while the lantern on the right, that came with a factory wrench,
is in John Rugotzke's collection.

These single mantle Preway models have the characteristic slotted ventilator and winged fuel cap of this brand.
Model L14 (two on the left) for Sears have a combined pump, fuel cap and came with a mica globe.
This model appeared in both green and blue versions in 1933 (Pagan) and in the green version in 1934 -35 (catalogs; McRae).
Model L14A (second from right) for Montgomery Ward lacks the direction disk on the separate filler cap.
Model L44S (right) for Sears has the same burner as the L14's and a direction disk on the separate filler cap.
The lantern on the far left is in Bruce Strauss' collection; the blue finished Preway is in John Rugotzke's collection.

Another Junior model, L47PA uses gasoline or kerosene.
This lantern, in Joe Pagan's collection,
has an original Macbeth globe that was made with a hole for lighting.
The lantern also has a well-made two piece reflector
that can also be swung open to broadcast the light.

Preway Model 742-43 with a green painted fount (upper left), 742-431 (upper right)
and 742 43-9 with a nickel plated fount (lower); all made for Sears.
These double mantle lanterns have the original mica globes
with a windowed door or lighting hole> in the mica globe for lighting.
Sears listed these models in their Spring 1936 - Fall, 1941 catalogs (McRae).
The lantern in the upper right is in Lem Ervin's collection
while the lower lantern is in Joe Pagan's collection.

An unusual lantern design from Prentiss-Wabers Co.,
this Preway Model L46S was also made for Sears and sold as Model 742-461.
 The globe on this model has a hole drilled in it for lighting the mantles.
This lantern is very heavy,
weighing about 7 pounds.

These two Preway models are also stamped L46S as is the lantern above
but are finished in colors
as on Turner Brass Works lanterns with Brooklure labels.
These two lanterns are in Rich Wiersum's collection.

The Radiolite Mfg. Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
probably began making this 300 cp kerosene Model 15 lantern circa 1915.
The patented mixing chamber with the mantle surrounding the central generator
seems to have been unique at that time (middle image).
The fuel valve is on the left; the tip cleaner valve is on the right.
This lantern, in Tom Weaver's collection, has a replacement mica globe
and wing nut to fasten the spun steel ventilator.

The bottoms of these lanterns are stamped:
San Diego Lamp and Mfg. Co., San Diego, California, Patented 1924.
A horizontal cut in the brass stem just above the valve on the left (center image)
allows air to mix with the gas for preheating.
The lantern on the left is in Fil Graff's collection; while the lantern center and right is in Doug Dwyer's collection.
The mica globe (not shown - right image) pushes up under the ventilator for lighting.

State Machine Products, Dry Ridge, Kentucky,
held contracts to build the mil-spec lantern in most years from 1979 to 1991.
This lantern, in Dick Sellers collection, is date stamped 1980
and has a sticker on the bottom (lower image)
identifying it as property of the US Forest Service
"for fire protection purposes only."

Sunflame Appliances Ltd., Ridgefield, New Jersey,
made this Model 105 gasoline fueled lantern
that is rated at 500 cp.
Lighting directions are in English and Spanish.
The lantern is comparable to an AGM Model 3470 (McRae).
This lantern is in Rich Wiersum's collection.

SF Appliances Ltd., Ridgefield, New Jersey,
made this Model 106 kerosene fueled lantern,
that has lighting directions in English and Spanish.
We believe SunFlame models were intended for export.
This lantern is in Bo Keller's collection.
Another Model 106 Made in England can be seen here.

The SF company also made this Model 107 lantern in the 1950's.
It burns either kerosene or gasoline;
a narrow preheater is fitted around the base of the generator.
This lantern has characteristics of both Akron Lamp
and American Gas Machine Companies products
reflecting the merger of those companies in that time period.

SF Appliances Ltd. also made this Model 109 which is similar to the 107 above.
This model has a nickel plated fount and the burner is a more substantial casting.
Joe Pagan, whose collection this is in, found this lantern in Bolivia.
Someone made a replacement globe from glass strips
and aluminum can strips for the globe frame.
The pump appears to be a replacement from another appliance.

SF Model 110 is a kerosene only model
with a preheater alcohol cup.
This lantern, in Bo Keller's collection,
includes the original globe.
It is marked Heat Resisting
and Made in the U.S.A.

SF Model 112 is a 500cp kerosene fueled lantern
that is very similar to the earlier AGM 3470 and SF Model 106 above.
This lantern has a chrome plated brass fount and original bulge globe
as shown in the instruction and parts sheet that came with it.
The paperwork is dated March, 1955.
This lantern also came with the  original wrench and alcohol bottle.

These Thomas Kerosafe lanterns, Model M1004,  were made
by the Thomas Mfg. Co., Dayton, Ohio, and run on kerosene as the brand name implies.
The running lantern, in Neil McRae's collection, is missing the mica globe
while the lantern on the right, in John Rugotzke's collection, includes the mica globe
which has two reinforced holes to allow passage of the horizontal air intake tubes.
Caps on the ends of the air tubes help prevent insects from entering.

This two mantle "The Milwaukee Lamp" was made
by the Tures Mfg. Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the 1910's.
This lantern, in Don Ostby's collection, lacks the original mica globe.
The vertical rod (right) raises the tip cleaner in the generator.
Another version of this lantern lacks this complicated generator.
The lantern is also unusual in having a wire guard for the globe.

This is a Model 711 lantern
made by the Turner Brass Works, Inc., Sycamore, IL.
This lantern has the Turner decal on the fount.
Note the hole in the mica globe to light the mantle.
This 150 cp model was made in the '30's until perhaps the mid 40's.
Neil McRae restored this lantern including repainting.

This Turner Model 511 lantern, in Dwayne Hanson's collection,
was apparently the first of the series in this style.
The tip cleaner was built into the main valve (lower image)
and involved an eccentric section in the stem (below the letter A)
that communicated through an oval yoke with the eccentric rod
(to the left of the letter A) and then to the generator.
The yoke is often broken from the tip cleaner rod on these lanterns.

Model X-159 (top), Model 1511 (bottom left), and Model 1512 (bottom right),
were also manufactured by Turner Brass.
They can be recognized as Turner by their distinctive two valve system.
These lanterns are in Craig Seabrook's collection.

Turner also made Champion appliances, an economy line.
These Model 1501 Champion lanterns have some differences:
the one on the left, in Doug Dwyer's collection, has partial frame uprights
to attach the bail, mica globe (not in the image), and lacks the Champion decal,
while the one on the right, in Thom Kivler's collection, has a complete frame,
glass globe with a lighting hole, the Champion decal and a collar tag.

The tag on this Turner lantern identifies it as Model L501
but Joe Pagan, whose collection this is in,
identifies it as Turner Model 1501 (see above).
The model number difference is presumably due to its being made for another company,
The Lenk Mfg. Co., Newton, Massachusetts, identified on the decal.
Joe had a reproduction decal made as the original was well worn.

Turner Brass Works made this 911 Model lantern
as an economical alternative to the 1511 Model above.
In a product sheet dated March, 1936
they noted that it had the same fount and "fool proof mechanism"
as the more expensive model.
The ventilator is steel with parts chrome plated, not enameled.

After looking at the preceding images, you can see that these lanterns
have elements of both Prentiss-Wabers and Turner models,
but were probably made by Turner based on the burner and fuel line parts.
They are branded Brooklure on the fount decal and Model 5035 on the globe rest label;
Brooklure was a brand name of Spiegels, a department store chain.
The hang tags on the lantern on the right, in Joe Pagan's collection,
are dated December 14, 1939; the globes have holes for lighting.

We don't know what company made this torch lighting lantern.
It was likely made in the mid to late 1910s based on when torch lighting models
were dominant in the US gas pressure lighting market.
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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