Akron 132-S-42

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  1. Alex Smith

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    Akron 132-S-42 produced for the US Military, with box. This lantern has been in storage for many years and looks not to be unlit. It came without glass, the globe shown is a replacement with no markings:

    Akron 132_5_42 with box.JPG

    Base of Fount - Stamped 'US' and shows very little use:

    Akron 132_5_42 Base of Fount.JPG


    Lighting instructions on collar: Always wondered if the Model No. is 132-5-42 or 132-S-42. I read it as an 'S'
    Akron 132_5_42 lighting instructions.JPG

    Steel burner unit stamped '911' with ceramic burner ends.

    Akron 132-S-42 Burner unit.JPG





    Akron 132-S-42.JPG
    Akron 132_S-42 View 2.JPG

    Akron 132_S_42 view 1.JPG

    A pair of mantle came in the box:

    Mantles that came with Akron 132.JPG

    Comparison:

    Akron 132-S-42 on the left. Akron 132-42 on the right:
    Akron 132-S-42 and Akron 132-42.JPG
     
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    A lucky find!:thumbup:
     
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    Isn't it funny how the globes "walk"... especially the ones in the military lanterns?...:-k:mrgreen:
     
  4. Alex Smith

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    @george I suspect that clumsy soldiers back in the day and the passage of time could be contributing factors to a lack of original glass.

    I'd be very interested to know what style of globe/glass were originally fitted, and the markings of such glass. The 132-42 seems to have a Coleman Top half, so may be Coleman glass of the period?
     
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    @Alex Smith Alex, a lot of them seem to either have nothing printed on them or "US Pyrex". I have seen one or two marked with Coleman but only in the Coleman models.
     
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    Thank you @george most informative and makes perfect sense. I'll keep it with the unmarked glass from American Mantles, although modern glass, it seems fitting for the period.
     
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    Another great lamp!
     
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    Thank you for the post, @Alex.


    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    That looks like a very good condition lamp. re: missing glass I guess complete lamps in army stores could be "cannibalised" for replacement parts

    Chris
     
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    A very fine gem. You are lucky Alex, I don’t find those here in my area.
    Congrats!
     
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    A great find and a lovely lamp, it is nice that you have another to keep him company.
     
  12. Alex Smith

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    I have a soft spot for these, not so common and I've had to do some learning to get to know them. The first one (on the right in the photo) was advertised as a Coleman, but turned out to be a Akron, @AussiePete steered me in the right direction when he asked "Is the base of the fount stamped US? If so, it is one of these". Been tracking them down since!
     
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    @Alex Smith

    You have another great find. Thanks so much for sharing this lantern with us.

    @george is correct about the glass being either unmarked or marked US Pyrex.

    Alex if you want to try something different by using quadrant glass panes it will add some flare but of course it isn't original.
    You would need 4 glass panes and 4 globe channels.
    p9300138.jpg p4230120.jpg

    It's just a thought.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     

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