Standard Light Co. of California (lantern)

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  1. Tony Press

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    This lantern comes from a private collection in Victoria, Australia. It was found in Victoria.

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    This lantern has a big, solid cast burner that appears to be made of one piece, with the vents for the two flame spreaders cut after casting.

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    The Swedish NRV attached to the bottom of the removable pump is obviously a very modern addition. I have no idea what was there before as an NRV.
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    This is an intriguing lantern.


    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Can't wait to see the restoration of this one like the different burners etc .
    Cut slots not holes or mesh something new .
    Bob .
     
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    @Lamp_Doctor

    Unfortunately it’s not mine...

    But I might ask some questions about liberating it.

    The other lanterns, lamps and stove I picked up (very old Glorias) are safely in the restoration line.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    :-k I've only the most basic knowledge of the casting process and I just can't figure that out - it appears impossible to me. Has it not been made in two halves which were subsequently joined together? - there appears to be a perfectly straight machining line between the two sides. Someone enlighten me please!

    It certainly is... :thumbup:
     
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    It looks to me like a seam and in one photo perhaps we can see where it is a little bit opened up. The rough file marks suggest that two parts were put together and made smooth.

    I'm intrigued too.
     
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    If its done in two halves looks like its got 3 rivets one at top and two down below one side I can see big heads and other side flattened of etc look closely .
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    Possibly (risers cut off) holes to allow air to escape the mold as it fills and where metal exits when full or pins to hold cores which form a cavity inside the casting. Join lines are from the join of the sand molds.
    Sand casting - Wikipedia
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    What I can tell you Tony is that the Standard Light co is not the same as The Standard Lamp Co.

    A couple of pics to make you wonder too :)



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    The Standard Light Co was begun by Richard Grady about 1919 and was incorporated in 1921. The company was re incorporated in 1924 as the San Diego Lamp & Manufacturing Co. With Richard Grady still president. The company is last listed in the directories in 1927 and I assume they ceased trading at about that time. The lamps they made do not turn up very often so they are quite rare. ::Neil::
     
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    Yeah, that's exactly what I thought. It looks too straight to be where the 'flash' from the two halves of the mould was removed. In any case, the filing/grinding would have removed that mark, yet it's still visible. It still looks like a joint to me...
     
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    It would be a worthwhile restoration project and the burner must have been cast in two parts.
     
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    There are two pieces cast.
    You can see the line/split very good in the side picture which (already mentioned) opens.

    In one of the detailed pictures you can also see two pins at the bottom where the air intake comes in. I assume there is also a pin at the top.

    So my best guess is:
    Two cast pieces,
    section side made very smooth,
    put together with pins.

    As for casting, there are also rotating/spinning cast forms. But that would be difficult too with this shape.
     
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    Hi Tony,

    Very interesting old laydie
    Fantastic pictures
    Thank for all the best :clap:

    Regards,
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    Yes, decades ago I went to a plastics factory and saw that being done to make containers for retailing liquids such as motor oil, I think it was. I couldn't see how that could be done with molten metal but these days, I've given up being surprised at what can be done with a little ingenuity...
     
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    Very interesting find, especially that far away from home. I have a pre patent date Standard Light Company lantern that is very similar to this one. It is on the right in this picture. It is not badged on the bottom like this one, but stamped with a circular brand. I will try to get some more pictures of mine for comparison.

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    Thanks.

    More photos would be good.

    Cheers

    Tony
     

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