Hi All, I've a very remarkable lantern which I've been spending quite a lot of time on recently. It was just in too nice a condition to let pass bye, so I asked my American (MA) pal if he'd not mind bidding In ebay, on my behalf ? So, after much a do & puffing & panting, the 'bit of a jewel' ended up in my living room, just a day or so before crimbo. The preparation afforded its safe carriage (Dd), was exemplary to say the least, I'd no need to worry ( but I still did a lot of this) ! I'd seen a few Youtube vid's, with this same lantern featured, but couldn't really get to witness one that looked totally 'gobsmacking'. I was determined to eventually end up the owner of such, but suspected I'd be in for a long wait. "How wrong I was", it quickly turned out. .. .. . The first I'd seen belonged to Henry P, & if the truth be known, I'd been bitten by smitten, there & then. The work wasn't too demanding, as everything was well preserved, which I presume had much to do with the lantern hardly ever being used (just how I like it ) ! There was just two irritating sights I'd to spend time on, over all & these were the badly worn de-cal & some internal ring rust around the unseen base. Everything barring the main valve/ FA intake apparatus, was fully disassembled, then fettled & polished, near enough "as new". The globe is the original, the Big Hat is 99.8 % perfect (truly amazing fortitude, here)!! Just a new pump leather extra, was all that was required. Spending days & days at removing the rim rust, very carefully, with a stiff brush, old palette knife & a full jar of lemon jiff; was slightly irritating (but well worth the effort); to then mix up some craft enamels, to get a decent colour match, for touch up/ disguise antics. I couldn't get any comprehensive metallic enamels, so just resigned this effect away, though it'd have been more to my liking, if left proper. The J.C. Higgins de-cal is one of Fred K's, it's the larger of the two, he stocks. I think it's the 1st series (the larger one), that I affixed; the second series is marginally smaller ? They look the part, though applying them is quite stressful, as they grip on contact. I place 'em on with the help of two rounded dinner knifes, one in each hand, spec's on, and during a bright day. It's so easy to make a b*lls up doing this, & I'm always glad when it's completed, looking straight . Now for the lighting up. I affixed a Coleman #1111 mantle, as this was what'd been used, prior. This is a massive sock, and the weave isn't that tight. I'd just bought them special, & if the burn hadn't had gone as well as it did, I'd have tried out a Peerless 99, or maybe an original 252 Milspec mantle. As it turned out, there was no problems at all, with the 'take off' part. The tank was two thirds full, I hit home just about 50 pumps, struck a long match, quarter turned the wheel; & then took no longer than 40 seconds to settle out, with a steady & bright glow ( be it the kitchen was large enough, I'd have done a cartwheel, it was just fantastic ) !! I'm hoping to now get some J.C. Higgins prints, to fix to the box I had made, two would be enough. If not, I'll draw the signature insignia myself, on both sides. It'd be great to see any other enthusiasts Big Hat, of this model, within the gallery. I'm interested to find out its date of manufacture & also what true mantles should be used, if anyone could assist here ? The burner ovens top span, has some numerals, stamped left & right, near the bale arm openings. One side "200", the other a "7", or single number, could this be an indicator, I wonder ? Lastly, I re-lacquered the whole base area, also; just to be sure for its time ahead. Finding such a lantern, in as fine a condition as this was in, always has me wondering what the next fifty years has in store . . . . . . Maybe I'll find out (if I can resist the bay of evil) . Cheers, Jon. Thanks, now for more beachcombing work. . . . . .