Akron (Diamond) 107

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  1. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    Don't know exactly which period it was made, but it has the "diamond-shaped" holes in the collar.
    The pump has a quite crude kind of NRV in the shape of a small ball soldered in directly into the tubing after the air inlet at the bottom of the pump tube. (In the picture of the loose pumptube you can see that this tubing is bent 180 degrees and lead along the house in order to end well above the fuel surface)
    The pump tube is mainly shut of from the tank by screwing the pump rod to a seat at the bottom of the tube in the usual way when finished with the pumping. Simple, and well working.
    The generator with it's inbuilt cleaning needle is of course incorrect. It looks like a Coleman R55. I think Akron used one of those "S-shaped" generators on this lantern.

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    I have a distinct feeling that older American lamps and lanterns in general has a pretty thick and good nickel plating.
    This lantern is not restored in any way. Just cleaned in soap and hot water, and then polished very gently.
    Still, it's always fascinating how much a little clean up will do, so here's how it looked when I got it. It was quite messy. Actually much more than shown below, since photos generally is very forgiving to a bad state...

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  2. Mackburner

    Mackburner United Kingdom Founder Member Subscriber

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    These are mid 1920s. Akron made this lantern in response to Coleman introducing a lantern with a pump in 1924-5. I believe this model begins late 1925 and for only a year or so before they too changed the pump to nearer horizontal and completely built in. As you say it originally was fitted with the Akron droopy S generator. ::Neil::
     
  3. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    Mid 20s it is then. Thanks Neil!

    If anyone has the correct generator for sale or trade, please let me know.
     
  4. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    I hadn't had this lantern tested before I took the pics above. It was placed in the cue for stuff to get going, but I did that last weekend.
    Thought I should add the pictures here.

    The bunsen test before attaching the mantles turned out satisfactory. Not at full blast. I'm careful with the globe rest ;)
    So after it cooled down reasonably, I added two new mantles. Coleman No.20 seemed to be the thing to use, so two of those it was, and I think it ran very well.

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  5. Conny C

    Conny C Sweden Subscriber

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    Very nice pictures and lantern! Did you use the lantern for melting the snow ;)?

    /Conny
     
  6. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    Nah! I use a large blow lamp for that. :lol:
     

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