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.
….and before ……
from a 1911 AB Aladdin catalogue …….
a comparison with my Lux DH and Primus 1008 …...