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TwoCanoes

Remember those kid-magazine brain teasers we used to do in the dentist’s waiting room – How many differences can you spot between these two pictures?  Well, in the past month I ended up with two lanterns that reminded me of those brain teasers.  Both lanterns are Model 288 (CL2 Adjustable) lanterns manufactured in 1985.  My wife got the first one at a vintage show as part of a set with a 425F stove.  Yesterday I got the second one at a Goodwill where we had never before seen a GPA for sale.  One is a June lantern, the other is December.  I assume that both lanterns are all original, although I don’t know that for sure since the Collector’s Guide doesn’t include lanterns this new.  Anyhow, let’s see who can spot the differences between these two lanterns, and maybe in the process someone can fill us in on what was going on with this model around 1985.
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Gand28
It was definitely the transition period from the CL2 to the 288, although the CL2 was also called the model 288.  Early CL2s had a valve knob with a gold dot.  Either that one was replaced or the parts were getting mixed at the factory.  Would have had a gold ball nut too.
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1hpycmpr
  1. Decal on right is missing the pine tree.
  2. Collar is gold on the left, silver on the right.
  3. No heat shield on left.  Heat shield on right.
  4. Left has bail on frame.  Right is frameless with bail on vent.
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Murff
Burner frames are different.
Bails are attached different
One has a heat shield
One (probably) has plastic eccentric block

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TwoCanoes
Murff wrote:
Burner frames are different.
Bails are attached different
One has a heat shield
One (probably) has plastic eccentric block

Neither eccentric block is plastic. Is it likely that a PO replaced a plastic one on the earlier lantern?
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Murff
...or Coleman updated it by then.

Murff

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Colemannut
A88C5B06-6CA6-425E-82B2-FC579392A91D.jpeg There were 3 different variations of the CL2 in the mid 80’s. Here is one dated 10/85. 
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Northman49
Knob screw...left is black (Parkerized ?) right is plated.
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Vents were punched from different dies
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Chucker
Even though the one on the right says "CL2" I suspect if you look at the collar it will say it's a "288A". The CL2's were simply the first 288. 
Chuck
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Colemannut

Chucker wrote:
Even though the one on the right says "CL2" I suspect if you look at the collar it will say it's a "288A". The CL2's were simply the first 288. 

Chuck, OP mentoned that already in his original post.

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Chucker
Colemannut wrote:

 

Chuck, OP mentoned that already in his original post.




Well no, he does not mention anything about a 288A in his original post. Don't see it anyway. 

Chuck
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Coleman Sunrise
I've had a few.
The one on the left is my favorite. Something about that green color with that gold color and fence picketed globe. 😁👍
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TwoCanoes
Chucker wrote:



 

Well no, he does not mention anything about a 288A in his original post. Don't see it anyway. 


They both say "MODEL 288" on the collar.  Neither says 288A which is why I didn't mention it in the original post.  The one on the right lists the patent number (4,522,582) on the collar, but the one on the left does not.
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Chucker
TwoCanoes wrote:

They both say "MODEL 288" on the collar.  Neither says 288A which is why I didn't mention it in the original post.  The one on the right lists the patent number (4,522,582) on the collar, but the one on the left does not.


Understood. Is it possible the one on the right has a replacement frame? I know Coleman mixed and matched parts at times so I'm thinking anything is likely. Thanks. 
Chuck
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BSAGuy
Very cool comparison.  Made me go out to my shed to take a gander at my CL2 from 9/84.  Given to me new by a prior girlfriend.  Mine has gold ball nut, bail on the frame, gold collar, gold dot on the valve wheel, tree on the label, and no heat shield (I added one later).
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