200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

JimL
Well, maybe not a "mil-spec", but a Mill-spec.  "Mill Lantern" is embossed on the fount.  🙂

It's a good thing I stopped collecting, or I'd be bringing another lantern home, like I did today.   I have several wickies, but none had square tubes and I really wanted one. That's what drew me to this lantern, not to mention the cage. The only other square tube lantern I've seen available recently was at an antique/consignment store.  It was overpriced but doable, if only it wasn't missing the burner.  This one is complete, and other than rust to deal with, it shouldn't take much.   The fuel cap is frozen, and the perimeter of the cap is rusty and jagged. 

I had never heard of a "Mill lantern" before today, and this one is definitely interesting.  The cage makes the overall diameter larger than the fount.  I haven't quite figured out how to lift the globe to get at the burner yet.  It may just be held in at the moment by some rust.  Also, this is a very manual lantern with no levers for assist.

I'm torn on how to proceed.  I'd like to remove the rust, but suspect that the paint is original, so I can't use electrolysis unless I first confirm it's a repaint.  I haven't cleaned it up yet and it could use a god bath.

One Side.jpg   Other side.jpg 

"Mill Lantern" embossed on the fount.
Mill lantern.jpg 

With the open cage.
Globe cage open.jpg 

I don't understand the loops here that would lock up the lantern.   Maybe these were locked closed and only 'authorized personnel' had the key.  🙂
ILocks.jpg 

Thanks for looking.

-Jim

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Tgarner01
That's a new one on me Jim! Nice find ðŸ‘
One of my Dietz hot blasts you have to lift that spring wire on top of the globe to remove it... Kind of a bad setup, and makes you think you're going to chip the globe in the process... Look forward to the lightup. I've got a new one for wickie Wednesday this week myself.
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Ridge Runner
That’s an interesting piece, Jim. Cool find!

The finger tab above the hood is supposed to raise the globe holder. It should slide on the center tube if rust doesn’t prevent that. The center tube should also have the date stamps on it. That globe should also come out of the holder just like your Monarchs, by lifting the wire bail tab that protrudes through the hood. 

The loop-lock assembly on that lantern is also interesting in itself. The globe lifter on my Victor and Acme Inspector lamp slide up very easily. I’m wondering if the loops were intended for a clip or safety wire of sorts to keep the globe in the down position if the lantern fell over? Tubular lanterns are designed to self-extinguish if tipped over. I’m thinking if this were in some sort of mill with combustible particles in the air it could ignite them if it became tipped or opened inadvertently. Just a wild guess!

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JimL
@Tgarner01

Toby,

I mis-stated.  The globe looks to remove as you describe.   I meant that I need to figure how to lift the globe/frame to get at the burner, such as for lighting.

-Jim

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Tgarner01
JimL wrote:
@Tgarner01

Toby,

I mis-stated.  The globe looks to remove as you describe.   I meant that I need to figure how to lift the globe/frame to get at the burner, such as for lighting.

Oh gotcha now ðŸ‘ yes I agree with you on rust probably being the culprit. As neat as these old lanterns are they're very delicate compared to an old Coleman. You'll get it going.
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holliswood
That’s a neat wickie. I haven’t seen one like it until now. 
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A Brutalist lantern! Never seen one before!
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