200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

Hot Diggity
I jumped on this "228D" BIN that turned out to be a 228B, because I'm fond of 228's and this one came with a bunch of Silkies and a spark lighter that intrigued me.  It looked different in the pictures, but I was surprised at how different it is. 

The tube appears to have been sawed most of the way through and then simply bent 90 degrees.  It sparks very nicely thanks to the larger finger wheel.  This sparkie is fixed.  It doesn't move up and down like the Made in China models I usually see. 

Does anybody know who manufactured it and a time frame when it would've been made?

Spark lighter
I think this one will clean up okay.
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When did Coleman stop making mantles with Thorium?  These mention Thorium on the label.  I will have to test the Gold Tops.  Last couple I tested were absolute garbage.  Might've been a bad batch. 
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Thorium is slightly radioactive, while they produced a whiter light it's not good to breathe in the fumes when burning in, or touching the ashes and not washing your hand leading to ingesting it.
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25 502s
Those silk lite packages in your pic were the last Coleman mantles to have thorium I think. Then they went to the gold tops which had no thorium but I’m not sure of the date. 
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Nice scores Chuck! That B will be a beauty ðŸ‘
Mike has got some straight lines last I checked if you need/want one for it.
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Tigerfans2
Supposed to be  D and he sent a B??

Man you got screwed....😎
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Pancholoco1911

Glad you got, I’m looking for a B to add to my collection but that one had the frame a little bit more rusted than I wanted. Please update pictures once cleaned. 

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Hot Diggity
Cleaning has been underway on the B, but the whole reason I bought the lantern was for the sparkie.  It's the only non-retractable one I've ever seen.
Works great!  Now that I've had it off and cleaned it up I'm even more intrigued.  It's nickel plated, and had three flints installed one behind the other.  I did find a Patent Applied For marking on the barrel, but nothing else.  So who made this thing?

Sparkie disassembled[image]
Sparkie Patent Applied For
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Bob1774
Here is a copy of a pr letter from Coleman introducing the new "Gold Top," mantles, dated 2/91.  Interesting the chemistry involved and the claim they were co-developed by NASA!  Yttrium replaced Thorium to avoid the radioactivity.  The phenomenon of candoluminescence is also explained, or the scientific explanation of why mantles glow and produce light.  I found this letter in the bottom of a 200a box, with a new Gold Top package attached.  The 200a was one of my first finds and have no idea why this letter was included.  The 200a was dated much earlier.  Perhaps the PO ordered some mantles, and received the letter, or perhaps responded to an offer from Coleman for some "free," mantles to test.  I've posted this before on the forum, and no one has yet to say they've seen another example of this letter. 
Coleman letter pg1.jpg  coleman letter pg2.jpg 
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Rhubarb
Cool letter! Thanks for sharing, Bob.
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Bob1774
Andy,
Yes, pretty neat info.  I think I'll post as a new topic for other members to see, instead of a hijack on this thread!
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Hot Diggity
That is pretty neat info on the Gold Tops.  I might have to try them again.  Like I said, maybe a bad batch.

Now, has anybody ever seen a sparkie like this?

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JimL
I don't recall seeing a sparky like that, but are you certain it's non-retractable?   If I forgot and leave a sparky in the up position with the lantern running, the flint is shot after that and needs to be replaced.

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Sam McCord
I have never seen a sparky like that one but I'm with JimL on not being able to lower it after lighting lantern. The heat will kill the flints and the little spring too. Get the lantern going and test run it with the sparky installed and file a report afterward, I'm curious about this.

Nice lantern too by the way.
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