Discussion in 'Handi' started by Darryl Durdin, Sep 9, 2019.
This is my newly aquired 2nd generation military Handi kero pet. Very cool and very excited
Nice find, Darryl! I didn't know they made them for the military. Do you know about how old the lantern is?
Hello George, I'm thinking 1940 era, WW2, a fella I know has one with a Mica globe, the history of his is that it was used on an island buy a coast watcher during the war.
G'day Darryl, I'm not sure it's original. It looks to be Swift Lite from the collar up but mounted on a Kero Pet fount.
Having said that @Tony Press showed me one recently in the same configuration.
Are they transition or rebuilds? Don't know.
It's still a good find and should clean up nicely.
It is understood that this is the second variation of the SwiftLite. The first had the tank with the combination filler and pump. The second had what would become the KeroPet tank. I believe the handle was different as well, but havn't seen enough of them to be sure.
As far as the military having used them, I have no idea. It's quite possible as they had lots of different gear. If they did you would expect to see more of them today, but they are pretty thin on the ground (painted green or not).
@Nils Stephenson @Darryl Durdin
Thanks Nils, I hadn't heard of the version 2 before let alone seen one in real life.
Darryl, looks like you have another very rare lantern.
Yes, Darryl! Nice find. I believe the really nice ones are still out there, you just have to keep looking!
Nice find @Darryl Durdin
This is another lamp that I didn’t know existed. Well done in getting her and I look forward to it being entered into the reference section. We’re learning all the time.
Well this lantern has been listed in the PLC for some time. Not common perhaps but I do know of about four or five with collectors. ::Neil::
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