AIr O lantern 1919 ? Am I right

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  1. Michel

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    Hi all and specially Coleman specialists
    Here is what I think to be a Air O lantern from 1919/20
    "Air-O-lantern MODEL QL" on base rest
    MFD by the Coleman lamp Co Wichita
    ans "patented may 13 1919" on the air tube
    The lamp was paint gold

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    here is what I found, reading different messages
    1916-1918--no patent date on air tube
    1919-1920--patent date on air tube
    1920--air baffle plate is first used--no baffle plate on mine,
    1921--base rest has "Quicklite" punched with the little dots--definitely not mine,
    The top nut is not drilled,

    I am right for the date ?

    You can see the mica cage, I want to redo one but is this model the good one.

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    A friend of mine have this one,

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  2. Michel

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    no Coleman spécialist There ? ;-)
     
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    G'day Michel, It is a very nice looking lantern.

    I'm no expert on Coleman lanterns (or any other for that matter) but here is what Terrance Marsh has to say Link

     
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    Hi Michel,
    I have probably the same lantern in my collection, but not in this good condition.

    Coleman L327
     
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    Hi and thanks for the links
    Leo ; if I am right, yours is a little post 1921 because the base rest has "Quicklite" punched with the little dots.
    Nice lantern
     
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    Hello

    Do you have any photos of the underside of the fount?

    Coleman used embossed lettering and then changed to recessedlettering around the very early 1920s

    The base of the burner frame, with its hole arrangements also gives clues to the production dates

    Cheers
     
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    Michel. You have it exactly right at 1919-1920. I assume this was found in France because it is the gold painted version which was only sold as an export model to France. I may have got the description wrong because it is possible the tanks were also painted gold and not polished and lacquered but the three I have here are all the same with no hint of paint anywhere on the tanks and two of them had most of the gold paint intact on the globe cages and collars. This finish was continued for the later versions of this type of Coleman in France but not many have ever been found so these are rare things. Nice find in very nice condition. ::Neil::
     
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    Thanks Neil
    I have painted the whole lamp because :
    - A friend of mine have such a model with more than a hint of gold paint under the collar, all around the plunger.
    - And as I had to do some tin solder on the fount, this was decided without doubt.

    Thoskiwi : absolutely no letter anywhere on the lamp
     
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    This is good to know. I will have to change the description of these to show them as all painted gold. Thanks ::Neil::.
     
  10. Michel

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    Hi Neil
    we can assume the lamp was sold in two versions ; painted or not, (perhaps lackered) because old french people loved the brass finishing.
     

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