Pressure Lamps International

Collectors' Favourites, and Lamp Collectors on the Net

©AWMoore 2007 (Images remain the property of senders)

This page is for you to show your favourite lamp to other collectors around the world . Mail an image and I will display it here. Try to take the photo against a plain background, and try to avoid shadows if you can. And if you are in the picture - let's see you smiling.....please send to Alan in Northampton UK. Go to the mail page to send e-mail.

Newest entries are at the top, and the older ones eventually drop off the bottom, so if your picture has disappeared, then it's time to send in another. And - if you have sent a picture that has not yet appeared - sorry, I am so far behind with this.....please be patient, it will be here eventually!

These two photographs were taken in The Sacred Heart School, Naivasha, Kenya, where my wife Patsy is staying. There is no electricity yet, and the evenings are very cold. The Anchor lamps give both light and heat, and the children are able to continue their lessons in the evening. If you want to see more about the school, then please have a look at the Karuri School Website

Joseph pumping up the lamp

Lessons in the classroom, by lamplight

Joseph keeps the lamp going by pumping some more air into the tank.

(February 2012)

Mr Vidonyi is teaching the children, who are well wrapped up against the cold weather. It's cold inside as well.
(February 2012)


A very nice, and very large, AIDA lantern. Courtesy of Mr Kasamji in Pune, India. No model number present on this one

(April 2007)

Mr Jivaji Kasamji and his staff in the shop in Pune, with a very unusual wicker model of a pressure lantern. My thanks go to Mr Kasamji for allowing this and other photos to be used. (April 2007)

This is an unusual lantern, waiting for restoration when I have time. In the style of Petromax, but with significant differences - the fount has a different profile, with heavy embossing of the name RADJA ANGIN, and the top fixes with a bayonet action onto the protruding bail. This is a kerosene lantern, fitted with a square injector marked GERMANY and the numbers .19 Thought to be Indonesian, the name translates roughly as King Wind, Tempest or Hurricane.

(December 2004)

Petromax lantern found near Danang, VietNam

I found this unusual Petromax lantern hanging in a little shop in Lang Co, just north of Da Nang, VietNam. It has more openings in the fount than normal, and a couple of extra valve controls, but no model number anywhere, but it could be a model 5283 or similar from the 1930s (November 2004)

Thanks to Ive Vandewalle in Antwerp, Belgium for the two pictures of this Day-Lite lantern. The design is similar to the Petromax, and originates in Germany. The letters CL are marked on control wheel, suggesting Continental Licht as a contender for manufacture. Ive says that compared to the real Petromax range, his lantern seems to be a bit less detailed and of a lesser quality, a fact noted by several other collectors.

This lantern was originally bought in Italy and was used for a while, some rubber seals needed to be changed, not easy as they have to be hand made, as there are no suppliers of Day-Lite spares. (November 2004)

Monsieur Ara Kebapcioglu in Paris recently met with M. Besnard, whose grandfather was a partner in "Maris & Besnard", a major French lamp maker in the early 20th C, Maris & Besnard specialized in vehicle lights, and one of their brands was Phares Besnard. (literally translates to Besnard Headlights). The name was shortened to PB or PeeBee, and the lantern shown here is a rare survivor from the 1920s. At first I thought this was by National Stampings, modified in France for use as a vehicle light, but closer inspection shows the bottom frame does not have the expected 4 pillar-fixing holes. Since there are only 3, this was specially manufactured for use without the standard mica chimney. The clip on the back is either to hold a pump, or to attach the lamp to the vehicle. Similar but unbranded lamps have been found in Europe.







(March 2004)


This is a truly superb lamp made by Hugo Schneider Aktiengesellschaft, probably at the Leipzig plant, in Germany. Commonly abbreviated to HASAG, the Hugo Schneider company also used the identifier tag "Polar" for their larger lanterns. This particular lamp has been renovated by Suthanai Prasertsan from Thailand, after it was found in a shop near to Bangkok. It's almost all original HASAG parts, and is in fully working condition. Suthanai says that the only part not original is the handle for the fuel valve - I think this should be a four handled knob instead of double "tap" handle. I have an identical lamp, found in a small secondhand shop in rural Northamptonshire - it needs a considerable amount or work to bring it to the condition of Suthanai's lamp, and I can't help wondering how it found it's way to the shire counties of middle England. Hugo Schneider was heavily committed to German war production from the late 1930s, and it's not surprising that it did not survive through WW2. It is likely that this lamp dates from the 1930s.


  (March 2004)

This is a fairly rare lantern carrying the NOVA badge, dating from around the mid 1920s. The plate shows the Falks Veritas logo, London Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. Veritas was one of the biggest brands of oil lamps in the UK during the 1920s and 30s, yet they did not exactly leave an indelible influence on the pressure lantern scene in England. In fact it's very likely that this lantern was made in the USA by National Stampings under the Nu-Lite name, and simply badged for sale in the UK as one of the P80 series, with 300cp light output burning gasoline. It resembles the Nu-Lite model 18, its a single mantle lantern, it does have a built in tip cleaner, but one that is an early design, with the operating lever accessble only inside the globe. It was found and cleaned up by Colin Mills in Australia. (March 2004)




The Optimus 200 is one of my personal favourites, its a small compact single mantle lantern that uses kerosene. This one belongs to Espen Heitmann in Norway. It has now been restored to working order.




(March 2004)

Monte's lanterns....

Here are some more pictures from Mad Monte.

From left to right, a 1957 Coleman 202 "Professional" lantern, a 1926 Coleman L427 twin mantle lantern with built on external pump, a 1939 Coleman 228 B, and a 1951 Coleman model 200.

Most Coleman lanterns are easy to date because the month and last digits of the year are usually embossed into the tank. The fact that similar Coleman lanterns were manufactured in different countries does sometimes add confusion though. The main manufacturing plants were in Wichita USA and Toronto, Canada, but lanterns were also made in Australia, the Far East, and the UK.

(March 2004)

This is an extremely fine example of a rare bracket lamp sold and possibly made by G. Haupois in Paris - it's a Unic-Lumiere model 9, and is owned by Wim van der Velden in The Netherlands. It formerly belonged to Marie-Pili Pui, who also lives in France.

Lamps and lanterns made by Europeans in the first half of the 20th century are often aesthetically pleasing, and the style and proportions of this example make it a really superb lamp. There is a suggestion that some Unic-Lumiere lamps, including the model 9, were still being sold after WW2, perhaps into the 1960s, so dating this example is very difficult. Ara Kebapcioglu in Paris has a catalogue dated 1963 that has a picture of this lamp, but there is evidence to show that Haupois re-used printed pages over periods of several years, so it may have been in the product line from an earlier date.

(March 2004)

This is Jim Grey's rare Model 1 Table and Hanging lamp from the 1920s. It's a twin mantle gasoline lamp of around 300cp output.

Its by the Doud Lighting Company, who had their base in Chicago, Illinois. This lamp is typical of the style from those years, but is somewhat different in having a tip cleaner operated by an arm with a chain, similar to burners made by the Imperial Brass Co.

(March 2004)

Herman Mulder's lamp

This lantern is in Herman Mulder's collection. It was manufactured by Eugene Schatz (Meinrad Aschwanden Schatz-Lampen) in Zug, Switzerland, and is interesting for the external filler reservoir on the pre-heater. This means it is easy to add spirit to the preheat coil inside the globe without the need for special filler cans with bendy tubes.

It is a kerosene lantern model 551LD derived from the early German BAT and MEWA models.


(February 2004)

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These are pictures of another Cat Brand lantern, this time it is one belonging to Maarten Pyck in Belgium. This is a model 830S lantern with a claimed light output of 500 cp. The lantern burns kerosene, and like many lanterns of this design, is fitted with two preheat devices, one that uses spirit or alcohol in a little dish, and the other that uses kerosene from the main tank, a "rapid" type. One litre of kerosene burns for about 8 hours. Maarten has some documents that link Cat Brand with the name "Arca". We think this is the name the lantern was marketed under in mainland Europe.

(August 2003)

Apichai Kaewduangtien in Thailand has a very nice site at

He also has a nice collection of lanterns, including a Petromax 818. This model appears in catalogues dated 1930, 1931, 1932, and 1934. It does not appear in the 1937 catalogue, so we think it was stopped sometime before 1937. Apichai also has other rare lanterns and some are shown on the right. From left to right - E&G Petromax 818, Blanchard and Pochee 232.

(July 2003)

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Another nice lantern from Mike in Telford. This is the Cat brand. These lanterns are not uncommon, but it is rare to find them with original box and papers.


(July 2003)

Normally you can only find pressure lanterns here, but on the right is a Tilley DN250 kerosene iron - again belonging to Mike in Telford, UK.

Mike has a large collection of lanterns, including those shown below. You will see Tilley lanterns, table lamps and a R1 heater, and on the bottom row there are Bialaddin and Vapalux lanterns and a Bialaddin bowl fire.

(February 2003)

Here we have two very interesting lantern from Giovanni Caiti in Argentina. On the right is a Phillips lantern and on the left an Amyl

Giovanni tells us that the Amyl looks to be identical to Alexander's Radiosol (shown below). There is no maker's name as such, but the lantern name plate does suggest that it is made in Argentina.

The Phillips Gas lantern on the right is incomplete, but seems to be typically Petromax in design, so it should be possible to restore it to working condition. Does anyone know about Phillips Gas in Argentina ??

(February 2003)

Alexander Aristei in Varela, Argentina, has this rather nice Radiosol 850 lantern, made by Vulcano Argentinia Industries. The picture was sent to me through Rafael Sandrine in Andorra.

This style of lantern is superficially similar in appearance to the Radius 119, the Aladdin 1A and 12A, and to some Primus lanterns, but there are some significant differences as well. I suspect it has been manufactured in Argentina either under licence or through an agreement with the Swedish parent company. (January 2003)

This picture is from Paul and Janet Hardman somewhere in the UK (sorry Paul, I don't recall where you are...) It shows a nicely preserved Veritas 350 series lantern with a Veritas stove. See for information on pressure stoves.

Veritas lanterns were manufactured for a few years after WW2 by Falk Stadelmann & Co Ltd in Birmingham UK.

This example looks like a 350C, using kerosene (paraffin) as a fuel, and giving a claimed light output of 350cp from the single mantle. (January 2003)

Hendrik Terstiege in Westfalia, Germany has sent in a picture of part of his lantern collection, from left to right :

Top row : Tower 350 CP, Petromax 829 B 500 HK petrol, Tilley A.L.21, Tilley F.L.6, Tilley A.L.21, Petromax 829 B 500 HK, Petromax 523/500CP Super.

Middle row :Petromax 828/350CP, Geniol 150 HK, "no name" without any brand

Bottom row : Coleman CL1, Petromax 827/250 CP, Einhell Camping gas lamp 90 CP, Petromax 827 B 250 HK, Petromax 821/250 CP, British Bullfinch 1616, Truma Propanlicht 600 CP, Zuger Lampen 551 L

Bottom row, in the middle : Petromax 3000 tent heater

Below the top row You can see 7 different reflectors for the lamps (January 2003)

Here is something rather different!

This lamp belongs to Wim van der Velden in Holland, and unusual in design and style.

The lamp is a Standard 3518. It burns unleaded gasoline on a single mantle conained within a combustion chamber backed by a reflective mirror. This lamp would normally stand on a frame to allow the beam to be positioned in horizontal and vertical planes. (January 2003)



These are two quite rare lantern owned by Christian Jüllig in Germany.

On the left is a Petromax 2826 - a variant of the more common version - 826, a 300cp lantern.

On the right is an unusual AIDA lantern, this one is model 1233, a 250cp lantern

Both lantern burn kerosene, and therefore need to be preheated.

(January 2003)

This lamp is rather special, it's another rare item from the collection of Neil McRae in Flamstead, UK. Neil explains that it came to him as part of the legacy of the late John Findlay. Neil goes on to say "Evening Star lamps were made by Curtis's and Harvey of Wandsworth London between about 1919 and 1931. From 1925 Curtis's and Harvey were part of Lighting Trades Ltd. I have this lantern listed as model number R92075 from a Lighting Trades and Welsbach catalogue dated 1929." This example is missing the correct burner and filler cap, but will eventually be restored to an "as-original" condition. (January 2003)

This is an AIDA Express 1350 Record lantern giving 350cp light output. This lantern is not exactly rare, but it isn't as common as it's big brother, the AIDA Express 1500. The lantern burns kerosene (paraffin), and was probably one of the best mid-range lanterns available.

This particular lantern belongs to Sharon, in Wolverhampton, UK, and like so many of our best discoveries, was found at a car boot sale. The lantern stands just over 15 inches high, and has a nickel plated brass tank. Like all kerosene lantern, it needs to be preheated, and this is done by squirting some methylated spirit (de-natured alcohol) into the cup at the bottom of the generator. When lit, the flame plays along the generator and converts liquid kerosene into gas, and when hot enough, the gas burns at the mantle with a brilliant white light.
(January 2003)

Frederik Tivemark in Sweden sent in this photo showing some of the lanterns from his collection. From the left, these are:

Radius model 119

Radius model 119 with cooking hood and reflector

Optimus 300P

Optimus 200P

(January 2003)

These are two more lanterns from Aid Brooks. On the left is a Tilley PL53 kerosene (paraffin) lantern, and on the right another kerosene lantern, this one made by Willis & Bates of Halifax.

The Tilley was a standard model before and during WW2, and most of the War production lanterns of this type had a steel tank instead of the earlier brass tank, with a large label encouraging the user to regularly clean out the tank to prevent rusting. These were popular and reliable lanterns in those days, and are still popular with collectors today. Most parts are still available for spares, so these lanterns can usually be brought back to perfect working order.

The Bilaladdin 315 on the right is also a popular item among collectors, although a few years younger than the Tilley. One nice feature is the built in preheater wick that can be raised for use then lowered when the lamp is burning. (January 2003)

Optimus 1300 - right

Lennarts Optimus with Primus case

Optimus are always amongst the most popular lanterns because of the excellent build quality and reliability. The design is essentially unchanged after many years, and modern equivalents are still being made in the Far East. This 1300 belongs to Lennart Bruhn in Ystad, Sweden (September 2002)

This one is from Neil McRae, prolific collector and fount of all knowledge regarding pressure lamps and lanterns. The name Standard crops up regularly from various countries, including Norway. Without intending to offend our Norweigan friends, their country is not a likely source of lighting equipment, especially with the world leading Swedes on their doorstep. So it's especially nice to see this particular lantern in such good codition. It's a Standard brand lamp, made in Norway by Høvic Verk They also made Primus products under licence for a time. In Neil's own words, this is a pretty rare beast, as Høvik Verk only marketed product in Norway. Note that this particular lantern does bear some resemblance to the Primus style of lantern. (September 2002)

Standard Lantern from Norway

Standard 102


Storm King, by Joop Dekens

Joop's lantern

It is always nice to display a lantern that is either rare or out of the ordinary, and this Storm King is such a lantern. It belongs to Joop Dekens, in the Netherlands, who tells us " Here you find pictures of the lamp that I mailed about earlier. I have already had it burn again using petrol and pumping it with a bicycle pump. At first it will produce a lot of soot, but then gradually will start burning clean. This was without mantles. When I attached two mantles and lit it again, the mantles would glow up red with an occasional whitish flare, and they both were torn, showing gaps of 15 by 5 millimeters. These holes then spit flames some 5 or 6 centimeter. So why do the mantles not glow bright as they should. Could it be that I fumbled them too much before attaching them in order to try and make them sphere-like, opposed to the flattened bags they are when you buy them? Or could it be the pump pressure was too high, but then it would not have burnt at all, I guess. Another thing; I used mantles for a coleman lamp, but are there different sorts and sizes? and does the size matter? Could it need another type of fuel?". Joop has summed up the problems of dealing with old lanterns very nicely. Hopefully they will have all been sorted out by now! (September 2002)

Mad Monte's Coleman

Monte has this very nice Coleman 200 from January 1951, it's one of the last nickel plated Colemans made in the U.S. Though, as Monte says, the Coleman factory in Toronto made nickel plated lanterns though the mid sixties. The picture to the right shows Mad Monte's famous lair. How many kero stoves does it take to boil a buffalo, I wonder? (September 2002)

Mad Monte's Famous Lair...

This is from Darcy Vantiger, "I am including one of our latest treasures. A Knight Light table lamp with original shade. There are no markings on the lamp, but the ID comes from comparision to the known Knight Light lanterns and the generator - thanks to Neil McRae & Craig Seabrook. It seems to be unique to Knight Light & Soda Fountain early items." (September 2002)

Darcy's lamp

Darcy's lamp, left and burner, above

Colin's lamp from down under

Colin Mills in NSW, Australia fould this old lantern in a "Trash & Treasure" store for $A15.00. At first he classified it as a Tilley EX 100, but then thought it was probably a Kayen AP 2. The fount is not steel but copper/brass, and the original paint appears to be of silver - grey origin. Sometimes it's hard to tell what's what with these lanterns, because Tilley and K&N parts were interchangeable, and what started life as a purebred often ended up as a hybrid! This could be a Kayen base with a Tilley top! (August 2002)

Adi Brooks collects mainly blowlamps, but this is a nice Tilley from the lantern part of the collection. Adi identifies this as a Tilley X246B, a kerosene lantern from the 1970s. This lantern needs to be preheated with a "torch" dipped in methylated spirit, or de-natured alcohol. (August 2002)

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Neil McRae has taken this picture of a Thermidor lantern, made by Samuel Heath & Sons of Birmingham. This manufacturer made lots of related brass products over the years, some were perhaps marketed by Falks under the Veritas name. This lantern belongs to Gordon Mountstevens. Note the similarity to the lantern on the unknowns page. (August 2002)

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This is a photgraph taken by Patsy, my wife, while she was working in Uganda in the summer of 2001. This little workroom was in one of the sidestreets of Masindi, and was just about the only place where repairs to lamps and stoves. could be carried out. The man in the blue shirt is holding a lantern tank that was soon to spark interest around the world. If you thought that Eveready only made flashlights and other electrical products, well, you are wrong! This is a fount from model 575 (500CP) manufactured by National Carbon, (Ever-Ready's parent) in Hong Kong, I would guess sometime during the 1950s. Unfortunately, we don't have the complete lantern - but I bet someone, somewhere, has ! If it's you - please tell us.

Latest: A complete Eveready lantern has been found in New Zealand ! See also the National Carbon page

 (November 2001)

Ugandan lamp repairs

Eveready logo National Carbon

Liz in a Ugandan Shop

This is Liz in another little Ugandan shop - note the fluted glass in the lantern on the left

Not all of the world's dedicated lamp collectors and supporters are on the Internet, but some of us are, including these contributors to the Gallery pages

Adi in the UK
Alain in Bordeaux, France
Annie in California, USA
Anton in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Apichai Kaewduangtien in Thailand. Has a very nice site at
Ara in Paris, France. Don't miss his brilliant site on lighting at including a glossary!
Barb & Dave in Mantua, Ohio, USA
Barry in Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Bernard in Quebec, Canada
Bert in Ridderkerk, Nederlands
Bill in Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Bill in Longview, Texas, USA
Bill in USA
Bo in Sweden
Bob in Greensburg, Pa, USA
Bob in The Dalles, Oregan, USA
Bud in Lincolntown NC, USA
Christian in Germany
Colin in Australia
Boworn in Thailand
Dan in Texas USA
Daniel in Auckland, New Zealand
Darcy and Dwayne in the USA
Dave in Nebraska, USA
Dave in Woodbury MN, USA
Denys in Invercargill, New Zealand
Dirk in Germany.
Espen Heitmann in Norway
Fil The Lamp Shop, Lamplighters Farm, 10111 Lincoln Way West, St Thomas PA 17252-9513 USA.
Gary in San Bernardino, California, USA
Hans in Berne, Switzerland
Hendrik in Germany
Herman in Veenhuizerkade, Holland. See for stationary engines and lamps.
Ive in Antwerp, Belgium
Jean-Yves in France. Check out his website at
Jim in Keighley, England
Jimmy in Drakesville, IA, USA
Jivaji Kasamji in Pune, India
Johan Everitt in Sweden
John of Aladdin Oil Lamps Australia, in Sydney, Australia
John editor of Light International, one of the best collectors' journals.
John in Texas, USA
Jim in Australia - a real expert on Tilley lamps
Juanma in Spain
Kitti in Bangkok, Thailand
Luigi in the Rep. of Panamá
Maarten in Belgium
Marie-Pili Pui in France
Martien in Lunteren, Holland
Mick in Sheffield, England (Not on line right now, but it's sure time he was - come on Mick)
Mike in Norwich, England
Mike in Telford, England (Collector of lamps and pressure stoves)
Mike in the USA
Mitsuko in Japan (Coleman Collectors' network in Japan).
Monte Dodge in the USA
Neil in St Albans, UK. Supreme Tilley fanatic.
Nigel in Oxford, UK
Per-Henrik and his brother Anders in Jakobstad, Finland. See their web site at
Phil in Guernsey, Channel Isles
Philip in Wantage, UK
Rafael in Andorra
Ralph in Saarbrucken, Germany
Ray in Dunstable UK
Rob in Nottingham, UK
Robert in Brisbane, Australia
Rodney in the USA.
Roman in Prague, Czechoslovakia
Ron in Geralton, Western Australia, where the trees grow sideways.....
Ron in Vancouver, Canada
Ron and Charleen in Wichita, USA
Russell in Australia
Shinzo in Chiba, Japan. Please visit Shinzo's great lighting site at
Stan in the USA (gravity fed gasoline lamps)
Stan & Penny, USA
Stefan in Winterthur, Switzerland
Steven in Orlando, Florida, USA
Tadashi in Hochiminh City, Vietnam
Tim & Jim in Seattle, members of the Rushlight club
Tony author of Lanterns that Lit Our World, in USA
Verne Coleman collector
Wim in Holland, homepage
Will in Longview, Texas, USA. Will is a collector with an interest in all kinds of lamps.

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