Ceiling Extensions used by Aladdin
Back in the days before most home construction became standardized
for 8 foot tall ceilings, ceiling extensions were needed to lower
a hanging lamp for lighting and refilling. Aladdin offered 3 different
catalogue styles of ceiling extensions as extra cost options for
their for their hanging lamps.
Remember, since existing stock was used up and not junked, hanging
lamps sold early in a selling season would well be expected to have
the previous year model's extension.
Ceiling hooks were standard with all Aladdin ceiling lamps
at least up until 1949. Extensions were the extra cost
All the variations of #1 ceiling extensions required a ceiling
hook. #2 and #3 extensions used bolts that screwed them tight
against the ceiling.
# 1 Ceiling Extension
model 1, 2 & 3)
This extension illustrated here was sold with a model 1
hanging lamp. This extension was manufactured by B&H. There
are a couple versions of the same design with different cut
outs along the sides of the canopy. I do not
know if Aladdin used more than one cut out version.
# 1 Ceiling
(for model 4)
Aladdin introduced a new ceiling extension with the model
4 lamp that they would use until the model 7 was introduced
in 1917. For
some reason the price lists still referred to this extension
as a #1. Aladdin Knights usually refer to this extension
as #1B to differentiate it from the early extension.
The early cross bar is a bent heavy gauge wire and appears
to have only been in use in 1912 on model 4 lamps. The
cast crossbar shown below shows up in the literature for 1913
but may have been phased in in 1912.
Extension (for model 5 & 6)
The cross bar on the illustrated extension was used on model
5 and 6 hanging lamps until the introduction of the model
7. It is possible late model 4 lamps also used this
The lower left picture shows a ceiling hook that was provided
with the extension. It is the pattern illustrated at the
top of this page. All #1 extensions were sold with a ceiling
#2 Ceiling Extension (Model 7)
This extension has a cast iron body and was only offered
in 1917. It was designed for use on the Aladdin model 7
hanging lamp. The cross bar is an inverted match for the
top of the model 7 & 8
Nickel finish versions were sold on Canadian model
6 hanging lamps that were offered in 1917 (Undated, uninsulated
model 6 burner, late style hanger).
Here is the special bolt supplied to mount the #2 ceiling
This view shows the head
of the attachment bolt that came with the Aladdin #2 ceiling
The canopy is cast iron with makes them a lot more sturdy
than the thin metal stampings canopies previously used. They
are very prone to rust.
#3 Ceiling Extension for
Model 8 only
The Aladdin model 8 was the first to use the #3 ceiling extension.
What makes this version unique is that it shares the same crossbar
as the #2 ceiling extension and it is brass plated.
# 3 Ceiling Extension
(Models 9 through B)
The #3 extension was offered starting with model 8 hanging
lamps and was an option for all hanging lamps through at
least 1950. Starting with model 9 a stamped steel crossbar
was used. I have not found a reference to them after
a 1950 price list. This
was Aladdin's last ceiling extension as post WW II housing
had mostly standardized on 8 foot ceilings. Finish Satin
brass, nickel and oxidized
extensions used a friction lock that tended to be finicky. The
3 extension used locking arms and were a vast improvement
over the previous ceiling extension motors.
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