Austramax Norman/Patent Pending

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  1. Tony Press

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    The following photographs were kindly provided by Keith McGuffie who looked through his Austramax collection to see whether he had any marked "PATPEND".

    What he found was that he had an Austramax stamped "Norman" on the collar; and "PATPEND" on the tank like the one here:

    Austramax "Patent Pending"


    Keith's lantern:


    Note the top of the hood is missing on this lantern.

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    This example is interesting because it shows the coincidence of both the "Norman" designation and the "PATPEND stamping. The lantern is likely to date from before or around the mid-1940s, before the Austramax lanterns were stamped 2/300.

    Thanks, Keith.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Tony,

    What were Austramaxes called before they were stamped as 2/300's? Norman's?
     
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    Well, if my time frame for the 2/300 is right then this lantern is the same as what I call the version 4. That puts it at he end of the 2/300 production period. Norman was probably a company that ordered a batch to be sold under their name. Just like the later Cougar branded lanterns.
     
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    So the early Austramaxes weren't stamped 2/300, it's just collectors that call them that for the lack of a better name?

    I have no idea what they were called, I didn't know there were unstamped Austramax's before I read Tony's post.
     
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    All the Austramaxes I know of are stamped with the model number. Except of course the one Colin posted back in 2014 that is the very first model. All the others are badged as 2/300 or 3/300. Where the exceptions arise is when Austramax (the company) produced lanterns for others to sell under their own name. So far we know of Norman and Cougar.
     
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