200A and 202 reproduction
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Lilorpetro

Hi all,

 

This is my example of the "The Thomas Mfg. Co." Kerosafe M-1004 lantern.

This one with a probable original mica and an original generator without a pricker.

No hole in the cage base for a pricker operator rod to pass through,

so probably made between 1915 to 1920.

This lamp came with a cracked font (ten hair thin cracks) and was also missing the

very special air tube buttons. Otherwise all was there, but in a used and dirty condition,

the plating (nickel or chrome) was bad and flaking.

I had to make an epoxy cure (Restom) of the font and also a thorough clean up. The generator

was bent and I removed the carbonated filling (asbestos?), and replaced it with new asbestos stuffing. Thanks to Neil MacRae I got close up shots and measurements of the air tube buttons. I had a sheet of 1, 2 mm steel plate in my shed for making a try. Tiny things and a lot work to be done in my workshop, but finally I managed to fix two buttons.

Assembled the lamp and fired her up with a positive result. A good and steady twin burner kerosene lantern and I assume ca. 300 CP.

 

/Conny


Before …..      Thomas-Kerosafebefore-1.gif  


….and after ….
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      Thomas-Kerosafe-M-parts.gif 
Thomas-Kerosafe-M-tank.gif 

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Thomas-Kerosafe-M-cage-witr.gif 

Thomas-Kerosafe-M-cage-bott.gif 
Thomas-Kerosafe-M-1004-air-.gif 

Thomas-Kerosafe-fuel-filler.gif 

Thomas-Kerosafe-burner.gif 

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Thomas-Kerosafe-air-button.gif 

Thomas-Kerosafe-unlit-mantl.gif 

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…. making of the air tube buttons ….

Thomas-Kerosafe-M-making-bu.gif   Thomas-Kerosafe-Mair-tubes-.gif 

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Thomas-Kerosafe-Bunsen-flam.gif 

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Thomas-Kerosafe-M-handle-up.gif 

1916 -1920 ads and catalogue pages...……….. (courtesy Neil McRae, Matt Purtell and Jeff Johnsson)

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 …..1915 Thomas patent ….

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…...Thomas Kerosafe M-1004 lantern specifications ….

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… I like the collarless lanterns ….here are my four examples ….

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Conny
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Whitegas Extraordinaire

Outstandingly stunning as always. I have a TK vent in similar condition to your before picture and after cleaning it up I can only assume you had yours replated ?

Thank you!
Kevin

I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

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Kgam1020
Wow Conny nice right up. Very interesting and a beautiful lantern. Incredible work on bringing that one back to life. 
Ken.
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Trip
Very Nice
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Erwin
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Your work is fantastic on every part you do and you have such an amount of the rarest pieces. [sSig_number1]
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Lilorpetro
Thanks!

Erwin - you are welcome if you pass by my home town of Örebro. We can have a local brewed beer to enjoy[iconbeer]

/Conny
Conny
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Dubblbubbl
Curious minds want to know, well maybe it’s just mine.....how do you use the fankenstein air chamber tube adjusters?  Do you just tweak them to get the burn you need or do they regulate light output some way?
Rob in NC
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Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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Lilorpetro
Dubblbubbl - I´m not sure these "buttons" are air tube adjusters and regulators of air/fuel ratio at all. I´ve got the impression they are there for making the lantern bug and wind proof!

/Conny
Conny
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Lilorpetro
Rob,

There is a second patent for this lantern from 1916 concerning the air inlet tube "button".
It says it makes the lantern wind proof, "against violent gusts of air".

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Conny
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Dubblbubbl
Interesting, now that I study the lantern closer I see that the only air source are the horizontal tubes and can see the need for something to prevent said gusts of wind.  
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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steve p
  • Conny, thank you for posting a great series of photos of  another outstanding restoration project. Amazing how well some of these old lamps/lanterns will clean up. Always like seeing seeing how missing parts were made. I have a few Thomas lamps with the same style burner.  
  •    That Liberty lantern in the photo is very interesting.
Steve

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Bill
Another great restoration, Conny!  Thanks for posting.
Bill Sheehy, aka Merlotrin P.M.      ICCC #1390      eBay handle: wtspe
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #24  /  Mil-Spec Ops, Bernz-o-Matic, and Sears Syndicates #58
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DasTailor
Amazing work! Thank you for all the detail pics that is a very nice and unique looking piece! 
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SteveA
Awesome restoration!  I have the lamp but have never seen the lantern before.
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BSAGuy
Wow, Conny.  Just wow.  You are the best poster here on the forum.  Always esoteric and erudite!
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Gasman64
Conny, I saw this the day you posted it, and failed to comment; please pardon me! You have done your usual excellent work, and as usual, I really enjoy the period diagrams and advertisements.  That is so very nice!
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Steve
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