n 1900, William Coffin Coleman was selling high pressure gasoline fueled lamps. These lamps, notably ‘The Efficient’ Pendant Arc lamp No. 6, were manufactured by Irby & Gilliland in Memphis, Tennessee. However, poor sales led him to acquire the patent for the lamp and redesign it. He began to produce the lamp in 1903, and in 1914 he introduced the Coleman Lantern, a design incorporating various improvements, such as bug-screen and flat base.
The double-mantle models in various versions were amongst the most widespread and were in production from 1927 until 1979 (for model 228) or 1983 (for model 220).
Coleman still sells a variety of lanterns that are powered by propane, kerosene, or camp fuel (aka white gas). They are still built in Wichita Kansas (though some parts, such as the globes, are made in China) and are widely available for sale online and in some big box stores.
This 1951 lantern is fully stamped on the base and has ” The Sunshine of the Night” stamped into the base. This was a must have item for camping and outdoor activities. Is still considered by many to be an essential.
Please remember when buying vintage items they will have signs of use – but that is also what makes them so unique. We do our best to photograph and explain the condition of the item as best we can. If you have any questions about a particular item please contact us. Please take the time to look at all pictures.
Product code: 6330B