Akron Lantern 103G first version

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  1. rbhodges

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    This is my Akron Lamp Co. first version 103G circa 1920-23. The ventilator was in need of repair. Requiring some some straitening out, and instead of copper rivets brass screws are used to hold it together. The nickle plate is almost all there though it luster is kind of dull. An email to Fred Kuntz yielded a beautifully made reproduction mica chimney. This lantern is not much different from a LQ327 as far as operation goes, and has been just as easy and reliable. In appearance construction is similar but differences are there. I like this lantern a lot and it would only leave my collection to be replaced by a better example. Enjoy the pics.

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    A real nice old timer. Just about as simple to fettle and run as a QL. You got to wonder why did these guys ever bother to "improve" them. ::Neil::
     
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    Over 80 years old and it works as well as it did when it was new! :thumbup: :clap: :thumbup:
     
  4. rbhodges

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    Its not the first time I have said this, but I agree with Neil. How the instant lite, and its mechanical complexity is an improvement over holding two lit matches under the generator for say 15 seconds is an improvement I don't really know. This lantern needed a knew cap seal, and two new mantles and up she went as good as day it was made. The rest was all cosmetic.

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