TeriAnn's Guide to Aladdin Mantle Lamps

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Model B "Tall Lincoln Drape" Sold 1940 through 1949

Aladdin Lamp, Alicite
B-75 Tall Lincoln Drape

Tall Lincoln drape lamps were sold for 10 years. They have been found in clear, Alacite, cobalt blue and ruby red. Only a very small number of clear lamps were ever made and they may never have gone into the normal sales channels. The alacite lamp on the other hand was Aladdin's best selling lamp almost every year of production. The cobalt blue lamp was only made for the 1940 Lamp selling season.  Most of these very likely had the scallop foot design.  The ruby red lamp was only made during the 1941 lamp selling season and was likely halted because wartime restricted metal was used to make the colour.

Over the years several molds were used to make the lamps and there was often a lot of variation among the molds. It is believed that the first mold used in to make the Tall Lincoln Drape lamp was the scallop foot mold. Subsequent molds did not carry the scallop pattern. The rarity of the scallop foot makes it sought after by collectors.

The Alacite, blue and red lamps came with brass burners. Only the last year of production came with Nashville burners.

The tall lincoln drape lamp has been reproduced for several years and there are more reproduction red and cobalt tall Lincoln drape lamps than Aladdin ever made. Reproductions have been seen in clear, red, blue and amber (Aladdin never made any in amber). a very small number of alacite like reproductions were made in the 1980's 

Aladdin Lamp underside

There are numerous variations in foot pattern and height. It would be difficult to tell a reproduction just on the foot pattern alone. The best diagnostic I know of is the filler cap. Original lamps have a greater angle than reproductions and the bowl top surface is ramped up to meet the angled filler. When I collected tall Lincoln drape lamps I kept a real one and a reproduction side by side on display as a continual reminder of the differences.

Aladdon lamp foot

These pictures show the scalloped pattern on the base of the scallop foot lamp. Alacite and blue lamps were made from the scallop mold. There are no red scallop foot lamps known to have been made.  The timing suggests that the scallop foot mold was the first of the tall Lincoln drape molds used.  This would indicate the scallop drape lamps were made during the 1940 lamp season, one year before the red Lincoln drape lamps were introduced.

Alacite was originally formulated to look like the lamp was made from old Ivory. The original formula for Alacite included uranium oxide as a white pigment. Lamps using the original formula fluoresce when exposed to a black light. Early in WWII uranium became a restricted war material and the formula was changed. The formula was never changed back after WWII.  Thus only the first three years of production used uranium oxide. Collectors tend to prize "old formula" lamps over "new formula lamps" once again because there are fewer in existence.  Some collectors searching out old formula alacite carry portable black lights with them when they go antiquing. 

Alacite Lincoln drape lamps came is a continuous spectrum of near white so You can not reliably tell pre WWII lamps from post WWII lamps without a black light.  Though ones that look "old ivory" are more likely to be old formula and those that are pure white are likely to be new formula. The Aladdin glass works only had a single glass pot to draw molten glass from to form the lamps. So they only made a single colour of lamp each day.  Then the next day they would put in glass of a different colour into the pot without cleaning any remaining glass from the previous day's work.  This means some Alacite lamps have a pink tint, some have a amber tint and so on.

Alacite tall Lincoln Drape lamps
Left: New formula lamp.  Right:  Old formula lamp.  Both under black light.
Photo courtesy of Jason Shafto

 

reproduction tall lincoln drape lamp

Reproduction lamp.  Notice angle of filler


Original lamp.  Notice angle of filler

The clear, ruby and cobalt lamps have been reproduced  for some time and a number of different molds have been used to make the reproductions as well as the Aladdin originals.  This means there are a lot of variations in each.  So far the scallop foot version has not been reproduced.

The single best feature I have found to tell an original from a reproduction is the tilt of the filler cap.   Every reproduction I have seen to date has a level filler or just a slight tilt. The original filler cap sits at a very distinct angle.

Bill Courter's Aladdin book and his price guides have detailed descriptions of various reproductions and provides the best information on how to tell them apart. Assume clear lamps are reproductions, and that red and blue lamps are very likely to be reproductions unless a thorough inspection proves otherwise.

 

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