Ca. 1909 - 1910 Coleman Model R Reading Lamp

Discussion in 'A, A(S), AQ, H. R, 3R, Y' started by Conny C, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Conny C

    Conny C Sweden Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    775
    Hi all,

    This is my example of the "Model R" Coleman Reading Lamp. I acquired this lamp from the Hiatt auction a couple of years ago. I'm not a typical Coleman collector, I have a only a few Coleman lamps, but W.C. Coleman´s first designed table lamp is a must for a collector of early American old-timer table lamps.

    This lamp is probably an early example 1909 - 1910, with "pat. appl´d for" on the shade holder, nickel handle and the brass plate "The Coleman Reading Lamp - Manufactured by - The Hydro Carbon Co. Kans." soldered on the font bottom plate.

    There are three patents associated with this lamp US965872A, US976723A and US989766A.
    I have some thoughts and comments about these patents according to the final designed Reading lamp that first came out from the Hydro Carbon Co. Wichita factory, in October 1909. The first two patents were applied for in July 7th and Nov. 17th 1909, and a third one in March 25th 1910. The first and third patent were the first ones that was granted in 1910, thus the stamping on the cowl/shade holder for the "second" edition of the R lamps after Nov. 1910, with "Pat´d Aug.2. - Nov.22. 1910".

    However it is the second patent granted as late as in April 18th 1911, that shows the "real" R reading lamp; more or less a blue print of what became the end result of the Reading lamp.
    We have no evidence of this particular patent ever been visible in any stamping on any R lamp. Why not? Maybe at that time mid 1911, the new Model A and later H were already at the assembly line in the Wichita factory, and did not call for an additional promoting of the "old" R lamp.

    The first patent applied for in July 7 1909 shows a very similar lamp to the end result R lamp but differs in some ways. Another type of font, not exactly the "pear" shape we know of and also an inner "spider" supporting the cowl. Instead of a ring at the top of the smoke bell, a ball shaped finial is there. The securing screw for attaching the burner to the generator/burner is winged and positioned inside the cowl, instead of what we know of as the through cowl securing pin screw. Small differences but they are there, so in Nov. 17 1909 another improved patent is applied for, as I see it "the right one", but is not granted until April 18 1911.

    Meanwhile Coleman applied for a third patent in Mars 25 1910, this time with a new type of burner where the generator is situated beside a supporting rod holding the shade holder and shade. Obviously this Coleman version as stated in the patent drawing, never came into production.

    This lamp cleaned up well and with a new asbestos generator packing it lit up nicely with a generous light under an original nr. 74 opal dome shade.

    /Conny

    Coleman R Reading lamp.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp lit.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp Burner with cowl.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp stamped cowl.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp parts.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp soldered badge logo.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp burner parts.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp burner assembly.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp generator.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp generator restoration.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp number on mixing chamber.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp mantles.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp pre heating fork.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp pre heat and Bunsen flame.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp  Bunsen flame.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp lit mantles.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp lit mantles and shade.jpg


    .....and some "befores"...……….. Hiatt auction Coleman R Reading lamp.jpg Coleman R Reading lamp before.jpg

    ….. Coleman R lamp patents..... Coleman R Reading lamp patents.jpg


    ….and old American
    Reading type lamps...…………...... American oldtimer Reading lamp type lamps.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2019
  2. Jean J

    Jean J Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,147
    Location:
    N E Scotland
    Oooh Conny, how do you do it? You’ll have most folks drooling over that little lot.
     
  3. BigStevie

    BigStevie United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2018
    Messages:
    1,992
    Location:
    Scottish Highlands
    Beautiful lamp Conny. Along with Jean, I'm drooling too!

    Stevie
     
  4. Conny C

    Conny C Sweden Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    775
    Thanks Jean and Stevie! Here´s another small lot to drool about ;)=P~!

    /Conny

    American old timer with pear shaped founts.jpg
     
  5. BigStevie

    BigStevie United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2018
    Messages:
    1,992
    Location:
    Scottish Highlands
    Thanks again Conny, they're beautiful!:D
     
  6. Tony Press

    Tony Press Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2012
    Messages:
    7,573
    Location:
    Stinkpot Bay, Howden, Tasmania, Australia
    Conny

    Thank you for the excellent presentation of a beautiful and historic lamp. The research and information is very interesting.

    It’s also quite wonderful to see a 110-year old pressure lamp up and running as it did back in the day. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  7. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    3,276
    Location:
    Toowoomba Australia
    Excellent preservation and write up. I enjoyed reading your research. Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
  8. JEFF JOHNSON

    JEFF JOHNSON United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    11,964
    Location:
    Shetland Islands UK..
    A very lucky find indeed!:thumbup::D/:D/:clap::clap::thumbup:
     
  9. Andrew T

    Offline
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2016
    Messages:
    344
    Location:
    Port Elizabeth South Africa
    Thank you for sharing.
     
  10. Titoo

    Titoo France Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2016
    Messages:
    483
    Location:
    FRANCE: 25 Franche Comté
    Hi Conny,

    Thank you once again for the restoration work of this very well-groomed old lady with the research work on history :-({|=
    You are a solid reference for history and collectors :clap:
    Congratulations.

    Regards,
    Titoo.
     

Share This Page