Coleman PQ (1919 to early 1920s)

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  1. Tony Press

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    This is my Coleman PQ, restored with all the parts it came with (excepting the filler cap seal and the Coleman shades).

    The lamp was found in Australia.

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    Each control wheel is marked "Close ---> A"
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    One cast burner with "F"; the other with "H".
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    "Patent May 13, 1919"
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    The tank is not stamped.
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    As it came.
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    The Fettle:


    The inside of the tank was cleaned with citric acid solution and the steel bottom of the tank was treated with "Evaporust".

    The R55 generators were cleaned and given a soak in acetone.

    The lead washer on the filler cap was replaced with Viton.

    The shade holders were first de-rusted by electrolysis, then treated in "Evaporust".

    The control wheels were cleaned then treated with car wax.

    The nickel was in reasonable condition, with some staining a small amount of nickel loss. The nickel was polished with Autosol.



    The fuel pick up


    When I first went to light the lamp I got very good 'hissing' through each of the generators... but no fuel.

    I took the hanger and arms off the tank and discovered that there was not a fuel pick-up tube on the lamp.
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    So I silbrazed a 8mm diameter tube to the fitting nut.
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    I cut the tube to the correct length and fitted brass gauze to the lower end, and drilled 4 1mm holes in the bottom of the tube to aid fuel flow.
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    Getting it going (this time with fuel pickup):

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    This really is a beauty.
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    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    A wonderfull restoration there Tony that would look good beside mine hanging up high ..Bob
     
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    Beautiful! Congrats! :clap: I like the old Colemans a lot (but only have 3) as they are so simple and reliable. The R55 generators are later I believe? They are pretty handy!
    What mantles do you use? I bought a box of Coleman mantles (N°21 I believe, they were old stock and cheap...) but find about 1/3 to 1/4 develope little holes from the first burn.
    Looks like you still have a 'couple' projects waiting ;)

    Wim
     
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    @Wim

    I used Coleman No. 21 “Instaclip”
    mantles for testing (I have a box that I got for not much money); and for proper use (as in the photos), I used Peerless 2C-HG mantles.

    I used the R55s because they were with the lamp, and I wanted to get it going as it was found.

    There are a few very interesting projects in the shed...

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    WOW - stunning lamp and beautiful restoration. Are the shades repro or original? Either way they are also very nice!

    Cheers Peter
     
  6. Tony Press

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    The shades are either Coleman originals or Coleman copies made in Australia many years ago from a Coleman mould.

    I am awaiting confirmation from someone who is an expert on these matters, but Covid-19 has intervened.

    Tony

    Edit: Note that the two shades are not identical. I have three shades of this pattern and they are all slightly different from each other.
     
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    Based on the very thin/delicate bottom rim they are most likely original. Regardless they suit the lamp perfectly.
     
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    Very nice Tony. :thumbup:
     
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    Here is again à beautiful restoration :clap:
    This lamp is very beautiful.
    Always a lots of pictures with details.
    Congratulations :thumbup:

    Thank for sharing !

    Regards,
    Titoo.
     
  10. AussiePete

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    Excellent restoration and an excellent read of the process.
    She’s a real lamp of beauty.
    Enjoy
    Cheers
    Pete
    @Tony Press
     
  11. JEFF JOHNSON

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    It's a grand old lamp now!:thumbup::clap::clap::D/:D/:thumbup:
     

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