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Aladdin Heat Deflectors (Smoke Bells)

 

What we today call smoke bells were officially called heat deflectors by Aladdin until at least 2000. I will use the term "smoke bell" instead of the proper "heat deflector" name because smoke bell is in common usage today and I don't want to cause confusion.

Incandescent mantle lamps work by the burner creating enough heat to cause the mantle to glow. A properly adjusted mantle lamp burner can produce a flame of around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot burned gases flow up the chimney straight towards the ceiling unless there is something present to disrupt and disperse the column of hot gases. If the top of the lamp chimney is within five or six feet of the ceiling, the heat reaching the ceiling can be enough to damage the ceiling paint or start a fire. Back before World War II when the standard house ceiling height was twelve feet high, heat scorching the paint on a ceiling was only an issue with hanging lamps and not table lamps. With a smoke bell installed the top of the hanging lamp should be at least 24 inches below the ceiling.  Smoke bells came standard on Aladdin hanging lamps and were an option on the tall student lamps. In 2014 Aladdin introduced a smoke bell that fits on top of a chimney for use with table lamps.

Bill Courter properly pointed out that "The Aladdin lamp does not make smoke. The lamp makes heat which incandescences the mantle. The term" smoke bell" was not used by The Mantle Lamp Company of America. The term smoke bell described glass or metal devices hung over the chimney of early non-Aladdin lamps. The term smoke bell, however, is used by collectors of Aladdin lamps today." Note that Aladdin introduced a product they named a smoke bell in 2014. This page uses the term "smoke bell" so as to confirm with today's common usage.

 

 

Scallop smoke bell for model 1 through 6 hanging lamps
including the model 3 & 4 narrow frame and model 6 125-A hanging lamps.
3-1/4 inch diameter at outside of scallops, 3/4 inch high
Note that there are some brass smoke bells that are duplicates to the early steel smoke bells.
These were sold by the American lamp Supply, "NO. 102-1A Smoke Bell" for a short time in the mid 1980s.
Introduced in winter 1984 they may have come on early brass tilt frame hanging lamps sold by the American lamp Supply.

 

Top view
Aladdin model 1 through 6 smoke bell top

 Side view
Aladdin model 1 smoke bell side view 

Bottom view
Aladdin model 6 smoke bell bottom view

 

 

heat/smoke bell for parlor lamps, student lamps, and double chandelier lamp #112
This tripod device mounts to the top of the chimney. 3 inches dia., dome 1 inch high, with legs 3-1/8 inches high OR 2-½ inches high above stop.
Charles H. Smith’s patent 1148

Diagonal view
Early Aladdin heat bell

 

side view
Aladdin heat bell

Top view
Aladdin heat bell top view

Photos of these heat bells by Bill Courter
Note this is a reproduction and not an original

 

Heat/smoke bell for single chandelier lamp #113
Brass, 3-inches dia., 1 ¼ inches high. Hanging then 2 ¼ inches high

Diagonal view
Heat bell for #113 Aladdin lamp

Top view
Aladdin #113 smoke bell top view

Photos of this heat/smoke bell by Bill Courter

 

Model 7 & 8

No one I've communicated with so far is absolutely positive about
what smoke bell came with these lamps. It was not the earlier scalloped smoke bell.

 

Sombrero shaped smoke bells are models 9-11
3-1/2 inches diameter, 5/8 inches high

Side view
Aladdin model 9 through model 11 smoke bell

Angle top view
Aladdin model 9 smoke bell

Bottom view
Aladdin model 11 smoke bell

Photos by Steve Fowler

 

Model 12 four post smoke bell
3-1/8 inch diameter, 3/4 inch high
This smoke bell hangs from a single hole in the center with the bulge facing downward.

Aladdin model 12 four post smoke bell
photo by Steve Fowler

 

 

Model B tilt frame smoke bell
3-1/8 inch diameter, 3/4 inch high
This smoke bell is the model 12 four post smoke bell turned over and with a second hole drilled.
It was used on model B tilt frame hangers through WWII. The tilt frame hanger with this smoke bell appears in the 1946 model year catalogue,
and was replaced with a new smoke bell and hanger for the 1947 model year.
All tilt frame lamps (pre-model 23) sold world wide used this smoke bell.
Aladdin models 7 through 12 smaoke bell


Aladdin mode 9 smoke bell side view

model 11 smoke bell bottom view

Aladdin factory drawing
Aladdin factory smoke bell drawing
courtesy of Bill Courter


 

Aladdin Australia model 12 "Carry and hanging" lamp smoke bell
from the late 192s0 and early 1930s.
4-3/8 inch diameter, 1-1/2 inch high

top view
Aladdin hand carry lamp smoke bell

side view
Australian smoke bell

Bottom view
Aladdin smoke bell bottom view

 

Aladdin UK glass "heat protector" chimney mounted smoke bell from mid 1930s

Aladdin UK heat shield

 

Aladdin UK smoke bell

 

 

Smoke bell used on the 1936 - 1937 Model B bead chain hanging lamp
B-212, B-213, B-214, B-215

3/4 view
Aladdin 1936 smoke bell

 

Side view
1936 Aladdin smoke bell

 

top view showing copper rod and nut
1938 bead hanger smoke bell

 

Combination smoke bell and top of hanger 1939 - 1941 chain hanging lamp
B-219, B-220, B221

cast iron, 2-1/2 inch high, 4-3/8 inch diameter

Aladdin smoke bell 1939
side view

 

Aladdin smoke bell 1939
top view

 

Smoke bell for # 1620 & 1621 (early 1950s) Australian hanging lamps,
1933 and newer Australian #1221 model 12 hanging lamp

I have no data for these yet

 

 

This smoke bell was introduced along with a new hanger for the 1947 model year
and is correct for post war model B, Nashville and Brazil model C hanging lamps model 21 & 21C and model 23 hanging lamps that do not have tilt frame hangers.
3-7/8 inch diameter, 3/4 inch high. Hanger arm is 2-7/8 inches overall length

top view
Aladdin model 23 smoke bell top

Side view
Aladdin model 23 smoke bell side

Bottom view
Aladdin model 23 smoke bell bottom

 

The model 23 chain hanging lamp, BH-2400 (1978) used this smoke bell.

 

 

Smoke Bell for BH-23 brass tube hanger
I don't have one to measure and properly photograph yet but it looks like the smoke bell for a model B tilt frame hanger.

Aladdin model 23 smoke bell

 

Smoke bell for the brass model 23 tilt frame hanger and # 102-1a

3-1/4 inch dia., 7/8 inch high. Brass 'S' hook, 7/8 inch long. Eye at top of smoke bell is thick brass wire bent into a loop with a
half twist on the underside. Rolled edges.

 

diagonal view with hook
Aladdin model 23 smoke bell

 

top view You can see the rolled edge
Aladdin model 23 smoke bell top view

 

side view
Aladdin 102-1a smoke bell side view

 

bottom view You can see how the looped wire eye is anchored to the smoke bell
lAladdin 102-1a smoke bell

 

 

Model 23 chimney mounted smoke bell - Aladdin catalogue number R960B

This Chimney mounted smoke bell, introduced in 2013 will fit all Aladdin lamps plus most mantle lamps of other brands produced after World War I.
This will diffuse the hot gas coming out of the chimney over a wider area to prevent ceiling paint scorching.

Aladdin smok bell side view

Smoke Bell top view

smoke bell diagonal view

chimney mounted smoke bell

 

In 2018 Aladdin introduced a combined smoke bell and insect screen
17213 ALADDIN BUG SCREEN/ HEAT DEFLECTOR

 

Aladdin combined a smake bell with a bug screen

 

 

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