TeriAnn's Guide to Aladdin and other brands of kerosene Mantle Lamps

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Introduction

Everyone needs to collect something. Collecting seems to be a dominant human gene. My collector gene has lead me to collect Aladdin and other brands of non-pressurized kerosene mantle lamps.  The evolution of these lamps represent the peak of kerosene lighting technology. The lamps reflect American society, manufacturing technology and entrepreneurial spirit in the beginning of the 1900's. The startup costs were minimal when it comes to purchasing burners imported from Germany and placing them on brass lamp bodies manufactured in the US.

Much of America was rural at the turn of the century and in the days before TV and internet ads marketing and sales into rural America were largely through independent sales representatives going door to door with salesman cases demonstrating their wares. These lamps don't just stand alone if you are willing to look beyond them to their place in society. If you look closely you will see the fabric of the first half of the 1900's reflected in their their design, the entrepreneurs who sold and marketed the lamps and the homes that were lit by them.

Most of this web site is dedicated to the Aladdin brand of lamps. Aladdin was and is still the most successful brand of non-pressurized kerosene mantle lamp. They did not achieve this success because they had the best lamp design but because they had a good product and leading edge marketing. It was a combination of ongoing innovation in both their products and marketing that allowed them to dominate the mantle lamp market.

The hobby of collecting these lamps can be as rich as you want it to be. You might collect lamps for the hunt and display of the lamps or you might use them to better understand the evolution of kerosene lighting and lamp manufacturing technology. Or you might see them as part of the fabric of the rapid changes made during the first half of the 1900's. As physical talismans to help you better understand the changes occurring during those years. Whatever your interest in these lamps I hope you find something of use in this web site.

Much of the information in this web site is based upon the research and contributions of others as well as those of my own.  I intend this site to to be an illustrated supplement reference that fills in some gaps not well covered in other published works.  It is not intended to parrot previously published works nor to replace them. In appreciation.

If you have an interest in Aladdin kerosene lamps THE essential book to own is "Aladdin The Magic Name in Lamps" by J. W. Courter, ISBN 0-9618879-2-3. This is a MUST HAVE book on Aladdin lamps that is well researched and well written.  Bill's book is primarily focused on Aladdin lamps marketed within the United States and Canada.

If your interests leads you to Aladdin lamps sold in Australia the essential reference book is Allin Hodson's "Aladdin Kerosene Lamps in Australia" , ISBN 0646377558. Printed by Hyde Park Press in Australia. Lamps produced by Aladdin Australia are unique in their design and shows the practical Australian approaches to meeting the needs of the people who used the lamps.

If your collecting interests leads you to the early evolution of kerosene mantle burners, the place to look is Germany where mantle lamps were invented and the book to purchase is called "The Evolution of the Kerosene Mantle Burner" by Anton Kaim. This is a self published book sold directly by the author and does a very good job of covering the inception and comparative evolution of the mantle burner, most of which took place in Europe. This book an excellent reference for burner and parts identification.

Like every good collectible, there is a club for Aladdin lamp enthusiasts called the "Aladdin Knights". They have a newsletter that can contain research results not published in Courter's book. They also have gatherings which provides opportunities to actually see rare models.

 

The goal of this web site is to share information about Aladdin and other brand kerosene mantle lamps with others.

While most of the lamps described in this web site are from my collection, some belong to collectors who were willing to share pictures and information about their lamps with others.  If you have lamps not described in this site, additional information about lamps not mentioned here or documentation that is not available for downloading in this site and you are willing to share your lamps and information with others, please

 

Aladdin model B lamp
Model B No. B-121

Contents

There is lots of good stuff being placed into these Aladdin lamp web pages. Check back often as I add more lamp data. I have a minimal budget to pursue my hobby so I can not afford to go out and buy pristine condition lamps. Since much of this site is illustrated by lamps from my personal collection expect to see a lot of dents and finish flaws. These are the best I can find and afford. Since I have started this site others have helped out by sending me jpeg pictures of lamps I do not have for use in this site. I appreciate your help in adding to this web site.  Thank you.

 

Models of Aladdin metal lamps, descriptions, pictures and conjectures

Models of Aladdin glass lamps, descriptions, pictures and conjectures

Illustrated lexicon of Aladdin lamp terms Learn what all those lamp terms mean

Links to other collector sites, and some reputable companies that sell Aladdin lamps and lamp parts

 

History

Brief History of the Aladdin Lamp Company
Brief history of the incandescent mantle
     Early Mantle pictures
     Lox-On Aladdin Mantle pictures
Aladdin transition and factory hybrid lamps Aladdin didn't throw away parts when they introduced new models.  They used up materials on hand creating factory hybrid and transition lamps.

How-To:

How to burn an Aladdin mantle lamp
Returning a neglected Aladdin lamp to service
How to char an Aladdin wick

Aladdin Lamp Parts & Accessories:

Wick Cleaners
Demystifying wall brackets
Ceiling extensions
Filler caps
Insect & Bug screens
Aladdin chimney primer
Flame spreaders Covers mantle lamps sold in the US including Aladdin


Aladdin model 11 avertisement
Look for advertising brochures, manuals and price lists on page for each lamp model

Aladdin model 3 lamp
Model 3 chandelier No. 112

 

Aladdin model 4 lamp
Model 4 chandelier No. 113

 

 


Aladdin Started in business in 1908 selling the German made Practicus burner on a Plume & Atwood manufactured lamp base. In 1909 they started selling their own brand metal lamps starting with the Aladdin model 1 lamp.

Metal Aladdin Lamp models:

3 metal Aladdin lamps
Australian, United Kingdom and Hong Kong manufactured lamps
Some UK metal lamps were painted Cream white as well

 

Manufactured from 1909 through the present day (Dates for American lamps are for North American price list)

Aladdin oil pots (Model 1 through B and 23)

Model 1 (May 1909 to August 1910)
Model 2 (September 1910 to December 1910)
Model 3 (January 1911 to August 1912)
Model 4 (September 1912 to August 1913)
Model 5 (September 1913 to August 1914)
Model 6 (September 1914 to July 1917, In Canada to August 1920)
Model 7 (August 1917 to July 1919, Not sold in Canada)
Model 8 (August 1919 to 1920, Not sold in Canada)
Model 9 (August 1920 to August 1922)
Model 10 (May 1921 to August 1922)
Model 11 (September 1922 to May 1928)
Model 12 (May 1928 to April 1935, Sold in Australia through 1945 or 46)
      Vase Lamps
      Floor lamps
      Table lamps
      French Model 12 shelf lamp based upon the # 12 oil pot
      Australian model 12

NOTE: The side draft Aladdin burner labeled Super Aladdin is also known as the Aladdin model 14 in the UK and the Model 16A in Australia. This burner started out from the Aladdin model A burner tooling, which was shipped from the US to the UK. The UK burners evolved from this tooling.

Model 14 - Super Aladdin (UK)
     Model 14 Cottage lamp from the UK (First half of the 1930s, sold in UK only)
     Model 14 made in Austria

Aladdin model 14 bakelite lamps from the UK
Model 14 bakelite lamps from the UK

NOTE: In Australia, both the UK model 14 burner and the US Model B burner were used.   In Australia the UK model 14 was referred to as the Model 16A burner and the US model B burner was referred to as the model 16B.

     1653 plastic table lamp   (1953 to 1956)
Model 1200/Argentina (1938 to 1938?)
Model B (1933 to 1955)
      Floor lamps/oil pots
     " Oriental" (1935 to 1936)
      "Treasure" (1937 to 1953)
      "Nashville Treasure" (1949)
      Metal font lamps (1935 through 1954)
Model C ( 1955 to 1963)  Initial draft page
     Alacite pedestal shelf lamp (1955, 1956)
Model C Brazil (burner page)
    Model C Brazil brass table lamp
     Model C Brazil aluminum lamps
Model 21 (UK)
Model 21C (May 1963 to December 1969)
Model 23 (December 1969 - Present)
     Sconce lamp  (1979 to 1982)
     L.L. Bean aluminum shelf lamp (1987 to 1989)
     "Mariner" shelf lamp (1981 to 1994)
     "Regency" shelf lamp (1980 to 1994)
     Deluxe table lamp (1999 through today)
     Deluxe font lamp (1999 through today)
    100th anniversary parlor lamp  (2008)

Aladdin model 6 hanging lamp
Model 6 No. 125A

 

Aladdin lamp
Aladdin UK model 14 cottage lamp
unknown Cat. number.
There are 2 versions of this lamp

 

Aladdin model 4 narrow frame hanging lamp
Aladdin model 4 narrow frame hanging lamp
Art glass shade was not made by Aladdin

Aladdin glass models:

Aladdin started manufacturing glass lamps concurrently with metal lamps starting in 1932. The first year glass lamps (Venetian, and early Colonial lamps) used a Model A burner. Glass lamps produced through 1954 used the model B burner. There was a glass lamp made in Brazil that used a model C burner. Glass lamps produced between 1974 to the present date use variations of the model 23 burner.

IMPORTANT: Bill Courter's book on Aladdin lamps ( "Aladdin The Magic Name in Lamps" by J. W. Courter, ISBN 0-9618879-2-3) does an excellent job of covering the Aladdin model A and model B glass lamps. I have no intention of trying to duplicate his fine work. My intention is to supplement his work by adding newer glass lamps and limited edition glass lamps. The model A and model B glass lamps described in this site are of lamps I own or have owned. As such the descriptions may not cover all the variations of these models. If you need more information about different model A or B glass lamps I strongly suggest that you purchase a copy of Bill's excellent book.

Model A (1932)

Model B:
     "Colonial" (1933)
     "Cathedral"   (1934)
      "Corinthian" (1935 to 1936)
      "Majestic" (1935 to 1936)
     Model B glass font lamps  (1935 to 1953)
     "Diamond Quilt" (1937 )
      "Vertique" (1938)
     "Beehive"  (1937, 1938) 
     "Washington Drape" round base (1939)
      "Tall Lincoln Drape" (1940 to 1949)
      "Simplicity"  (1948 through 1953)
     "Washington Drape" bell stem  (1941)
     "Washington drape" plain stem (191 to 1955)

Model C Lamps

     Model C Brazil (burner page)
      Diamond quilt Brazilian lamps (1974 to 1975)

Model C and 23 lamps

     Pedestal shelf lamps (1955- 1956 and 2011 -   )

 

Model 23:
      "Short Lincoln drape" ( 1974 through present)
      Lincoln drape shelf lamps (1975 through 1993)
     70th anniversary table lamp  (1978)
     75th anniversary shelf lamp (1983) 
     American Classic (1980 through 1990)
     Log Cabin stoneware shelf lamp (1984 and 1985)
      Genie III (1999 through present) + American Lamp Supply versions
     Alexandria glass table lamp   (2012 -  )

Aladdin glass lamp
Model B N0. B-101

IMPORTANT NOTE: Throughout this web site I make conjectures based upon my empirical observations and literature research. Please consider these conjectures to be working hypotheses and not fact. Only the people who were there and made or carried out the decisions can know the facts for sure. For the rest of us it is just guesses based upon what we can observe.

 

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