200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.


Hi all, it has been a while …..


This “Vesta” lamp is a rare beast. Made from around 1910 and a couple of years forward of the Swedish company AB (Aktiebolaget) Aladdin, Hall, Sundbyberg /(Stockholm).

I only know of a handful examples of this lamp among collectors. The lamp is a combined hanging and/or table lamp, using a harp frame for the hanging position.

A kerosene fed lamp, said to give 200 CP light output.

This Swedish AB Aladdin company started in 1905 and should not be mixed up with the

(US Aladdin company) “Mantle Lamp Company of America” starting in 1908.

In 1913 AB Aladdin lost a patent infringement court case to AB Lux and sold the company to AB Lux.

AB Aladdin thereafter was a subsidiary company to AB Lux and ended production around 1917.

This Vesta lamp has that typical Lux type of “ball” burner and also the intricate mechanical system for the cleaning needle.

This system on the Vesta lamp is a bit different from the system used on the Lux lamps, although using several “Lux” components.

The Vesta lamp uses the same opal shade as on the Lux DH lamp and also Primus 1005/1008.

A lot of working hours to get this lamp running; fuel control stuck, clogged fuel pick up tube;

meaning a lot of de-soldering and soldering jobs. Finally got the lamp running. It run a bit rich, yellow and orange strands in the Bunsen flame, probably enlarged jet.

Probably more hours for fine tuning the burner to optimal performance, but my patience had gone, so just had her going to get some “money” photo shots.

A damn nice looking lamp though!

A big “thanks” to Bo Ryman, who donated parts and gave me support for this restoration.


AB Aladdin Vesta lamp.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp 2.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp parts.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp burner parts.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp  fuel valve handle.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp cleaning needle mechanism handle ring.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp  fuel filler and pump plug.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta manometer.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp burner.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp flame spreader and pre hear cup.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp pre heat cup and cleaning needle.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp cleaning needle mechanism.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp cleaning needle carrier movements.jpg  AB Aladdin Vesta lamp mantle.jpg 

….and before ……
     AB Aladdin Vesta lamp before.jpg 

from a 1911 AB Aladdin catalogue …….

        AB Aladdin Vesta lamp 1911 catalogue image.jpg 

a comparison with my Lux DH and Primus 1008 …...

         AB Aladdin Vesta Primus 1008 and Lux DH.jpg 

That is an interesting and beautiful old hanging lamp, Conny.
Beautifully photographed and a very interesting description of it's history. It has lots of complex and intricate working parts. Thanks for this informative post.

I wonder if Coleman got the idea of the horseshoe shaped preheater spirit cup from this lamp, which they used on some of their pressure lamps like the 242K and 249 kerosene lanterns.

Wow Conny, that is stunning.  Thank you for the pics and that wonderful write-up.


Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?

There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness. - Dave Barry
Sorry forgot to add the photos of the lamp lit. Here they are……..

AB Aladdin Vesta lamp lit mantle.jpg   AB Aladdin Vesta lamp lit.jpg 

Whitegas Extraordinaire
Stunning, gorgeous....as always! Not much else to say.
I initially thought this was a for sale post!
Thank you!
I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

Conny always gets high marks for his detailed photos and A+ restoration work.  Awesome, as always!

Also, this Vesta is "just a little" different from the Dietz Vesta railroad wickie lanterns ... 
DougA  ... fettler and keeper of a family collection of nickel: a 249, a pair of 237s, and a 1938 228B, along with a late 1979 red 200a.  Then two more turned up, a 1941 243A and a 1944 242C, and now there's a b-day 200A lantern, too!.
Coleman Blues Member #92.
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #009.
Perfection Heater Collectors #5 
Wow! It looks like it could light up a room very well!
Donnie B
Kelso, Washington
So very nice, Conny, what a fine lamp! I enjoyed, as usual, your many pictures, especially the close-ups.  It's always nice to see your excellent work.
ICCC #1012
🍂🍂🍂 Waiting For Autumn🍂🍂🍂
logoballistol logo 1a.png

Just wow. That Vesta lamp is stunning. It's amazing what was built and how back then. Awesome job on the restoration. 
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
Conny  As always Beautiful !! Thank you 
ICCC 1868
Perfection appreciation #10
Milspec 65252
I've used up all my superlatives on your projects long ago, so I'll just say bravo, and it's beautiful, as all your work is!
One thing I notice consistently in the lamps you show us is an old and widely spread notion that common appliances for the home should be items of beauty as well as perform their function.  This lamp shows that, as well as common household items like the old bread toasters, alarm clocks and wall clocks, coffee grinders and on and on.  We see a lovely trend in your presentations that is missing in the modern age.  Artistic functionality.

Thanks for showing your work!

Dean -Midnight Kerosene Ritualist--http://www.deansmachine.com  ICCC #1220.   275 commiseration #0018.
"In Him was life, and His life was the Light of men."  John 1:4
Thanks all,

Yes Dean, I think I have always have been headed towards combined original technique and design in lamps, since I first started
collecting in the beginning of 2000. French lamp design was the first that struck me, both design wise but also in its very own design
of all kind of incandescent  burners. I later saw this uniqueness also in early American and Swedish lamps. So my collection consists of
kind of unique lamps, not a single duplett. That´s the way I want it!


Welcome to the Coleman Collectors Forum, an international forum of Coleman enthusiast and collectors, as such people from all over the world come here to read about Coleman collecting, repair, and to meet and make friends. The pages contained here are intended for the use of amateur collectors and people interested in Coleman collecting, restoration and repair as a hobby. It goes without saying to refrain from political posts, personal attacks and inflammatory posts.

Please note, all postings are the personal opinions of the members posting, the owner, administrators and moderators of the forum do not warrant the accuracy of posted information or endorse the safety of such.