Radius 115

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  1. Tive

    Tive Sweden Subscriber

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    Here we have a Radius 115 short collar variant ( i know that the 115 variant is the rapid heater model of the 119, but no such device was ever fitted on this one.
    Both the three crowns of the swedish millitary and the Red cross logo i present on this one, so one can assume the both the millitary and the Red cross used this type.
    i have no clue about why the rapid heater was omitted it might have been an military spec, or just that radius used leftover parts for the millitary contracts.
    This lantern was most likely manufactured during WWII or in the years just after the war.
    and considering the age of the lantern, this is perhaps the lantern in my collection that is in the best condition, it was found unused in a surplus store.( i however run it time to time, idont' like dead lanterns )

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    Frederik
     
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  2. Nils Stephenson

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    I have been told by some ex military people in Sweden that the cross indicates that it was issued to a hospital unit.

    A couple of years ago I bought two of these lanterns where one had the quick starter and the other was blanked off like yours. To be perfectly honest, the Radius quick starter was not very good. Maybe the military quickly realised this and ordered them without from then on.

    These lanterns use the second version of Radius' quick starter. The first was patented in November 1938 and I have only seen them on the high collar lantern. The second version of the quick starter was patented in November 1939 and I have seen this with both high and low collar lanterns. I'm not sure how long they made the 115, but I don't think it was very long. They are not mentioned in a 1945 catalogue. This would indicate that these lanterns are made in the first half of the 40s.
     
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  3. Tive

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    Thank you Nils, for your superp info !

    Hospital unit seems locical,

    Frederik
     
  4. Carlsson

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    That is correct. The red cross in combination with our three crowns is for the military hospital unit.
    You can see an example of it on this plastic card for lanterns.
     
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