Gloria No. 12 Hurricane Lantern (var. C)

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  1. Tony Press

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    This is my Gloria No. 12 Hurricane Lantern. It was found in Tasmania.

    Looking through the various advertisements and catalogues, I think this is the third variation of the Gloria No. 12 lantern. @Mackburner now considers this to be Variation C of the Gloria No. 12.

    This lantern appears in a 1916 Gloria (Chicago USA) Catalogue as Oxo-Gas Lantern No. 12 for kerosene or gasoline (see below). The burner on this 1912 lantern appears to have been used on three variations until at least the early 1930s. The advertisements are not very helpful for dating the lantern variations as the illustrations do not necessarily conform to the variations (see below).

    Australian advertising for Gloria hurricane lanterns of this style date from around the mid-1910s through to 1931. A similar lantern with a different burner configuration was made by Gloria in Australia probably in the late 1920s to early 1930s, possibly later (see here).

    The lantern is described variously as 300 or 400 cp. It is a very bright lantern.

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    Up and running

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    As is came

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    Some fettling

    The steel bail (handle) had been damaged, probably by some cutting device, and with the rust it was easilt broken and unsafe to use as a handle. I made a replacement out of brass rod.

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    A wrecked Aladdin 1A tank was the exact circumference of the rounded handle, so I used it to form the brass.

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    The finished handle.
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    Temporary glass chimney


    I had a glass cylinder that was somewhat too narrow, but I was able to cut it to length with a Dremel diamond wheel and bodge it into service using bent paperclips.
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    The rest of the fettling was simply cleaning, de-rusting and painting the handle holder, and polishing.


    The Gloria No. 12 lantern through the ages

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    1926 Gloria Light Co. of Australasia catalogue.
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    The ribbon advertisement that Gloria Australia ran from 1926 to 1931.

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    Detail from the advertisement (400 candle power).
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    In the Pacific Islands Monthly in 1931.
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    I like this lantern very much and it is very bright! Ive had it running on pure kerosene, and on 40:60 gasoline and kerosene.

    @Akeepsake has an example here; another is shown in this thread of Mick Emm here alongside the Australian variation; and @Graham P has one here.



    Cheers

    Tony
     
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  2. BigStevie

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    What a lamp! What a fettle! You must be really chuffed Tony, thanks for the superb presentation. The handle really looks the part.
     
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    Never seen one and a amazing lantern. Obviously very bright and a tall lantern with a long gallery giving plenty of light dispersion.
    The advert claims it will run for 12 hours on one fill.
    Certainly not a lantern for the campsite but rather a worksite type light where filling every evening would be a bother.
    Nicely made bail.

    Thanks for the detailed description.
     
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    Well fettled and it's a grand old lantern now!:thumbup::clap::D/:D/:clap::thumbup:
     
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    Tony, thank you. A inspirational post, another fine lantern.
     
  6. george

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    That is one really neat looking lantern!!:clap:
    :thumbup::thumbup: I really like it!!:mrgreen:
     
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    Excellent fettle of a fine lantern. Well done on the handle.
    Cheers
    Pete
    @Tony Press
     
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    Very nice Tony :thumbup:
     
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    @Tony Press , wow that is really something for show and tell, love the lantern and the fettle and the advertising, well presented.
     
  10. Tony Press

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    I note that I did not include a photo of the base of the tank, so here it is.

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    I note also that the person from whom I received this lantern told me that he found it at a rubbish tip in Tasmania many years ago.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Very nice lantern :thumbup:

    Regards,
    Titoo.
     
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    @Tony Press

    That’s an understatement, I think this one is ‘up and stunning’
     
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    Nice work Tony and yes they are a bright lantern for sure and have a exceptionally large air intake tube
    And such nice proportions !!
    One of my favourites !
     
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    That is a lovely lamp Tony, a real gem.
    As always really good pics and a most interesting post.
    Keep up the good work.
     
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    Thanks for sharing and for all the work Tony!:thumbup:

    Look forward to reading your fettles, very thorough and the history side is always concise :)

    The Mica globe on these must be one of the tallest, surely? I suppose being so large it helps to spread the light?

    Just out of interest, what kind of volume/ noise level do they operate at? :-k

    Cheers!
     
  16. Tony Press

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    @podbros

    The mica would be approximately 6 1/2 inches (165mm) tall and 5 inches (127mm) wide.

    With that very big air feed to the burner, it’s a quiet runner.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Nice! :thumbup::thumbup:
     

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