Dating old oil lamps
What makes this book unique and important is that it tells the stories of the people and companies behind the lamps and adds a perspective you will not find elsewhere.
While Bill Courter's book does an excellent job of telling the story of Aladdin, this book puts that story into perspective with the rest of the early American mantle lamp industry.
In 1909 they started selling their own brand metal lamps starting with the Aladdin model 1 lamp.
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 in the US, Sold in Australia through 1945 or 46 and the UK into 1939 or 1940) 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. 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) MAXbrite model 500 (2015 - present) (burner page) Aladdin started manufacturing glass lamps concurrently with metal lamps starting in 1932.
Most of this web site is dedicated to documenting 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.
The lamps themselves reflect American society, manufacturing technology, and the American 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.
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 1924 Aladdin catalogue for model 11 lamps.
Click on image to download pdf version erosene mantle lamps represent the peak of kerosene lighting technology.They also have gatherings which provides opportunities to actually see rare models.