200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.
kansaswoody
15F9FA78-D74F-4A45-B3E3-BAE1BF08243F.jpeg  8B893813-2BF8-4EF3-AD3C-3F92F3D773C7.jpeg  CCCA2D20-89C8-40E9-A19B-CA1E85D4F25F.jpeg  Bought this lantern at the Cental Kansas Gathering on the intention of cutting down the vent for another Frankie project I have in the works. I figured the brass fount would be stress cracked and so did the seller so it came cheap. While satisfying my curiosity about the stress cracks (there are none obviously) I noticed these two funny letters stamped just below the pump on the rim....seller was not aware that this was a USFS either. I let him know, but he refused to take any more $$. He said he originally got the lantern in Colorado. 

Cleanup was simple but I had to re-solder the bung as it had been spun (probably by a heavy handed FS employee). I tried to reflow the old solder but that didn’t work. 

Chrome is in OK shape and there are plenty of dents, but the vent is minty! Only other markings I can find are some electro-pencil marks on the bottom, maybe inventory number?

Pretty happy to add this to my collection and to the seller, many thanks again!
Drew
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Gunhippie
I seems to be the general opinion that the numbers on the bottom of USFS lanterns are maintenance dates from the FS shops. So it looks like yours may have been running as late as Nov. '61.

That's a good one!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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kansaswoody
Gunhippie wrote:
I seems to be the general opinion that the numbers on the bottom of USFS lanterns are maintenance dates from the FS shops. So it looks like yours may have been running as late as Nov. '61.

That's a good one!

Very interesting! I wonder if they took it back to the shop to get repaired and that’s when the bung spun. That valve was threaded in there tight when I went to remove it. I probably only installed it half again as deep as it was, locktite helped seal the threads well. Looks like it had a valve fire at one point as the collar is roached. 
Drew
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coleman54
Great work Drew ! I sure missed that one, what a nice one to have in your beautiful collection. Congratulations!
Larry

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Gand28
Terry Marsh is tracking all those maintenance marks on the bottom of the embossed USFS lanterns. He may be interested in that one so you might drop him an email. 
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Gunhippie
Having worked for the USFS, I seriously doubt that the guy who screwed the repair job up would have put his initials and date on the fount bottom. If that happened in a USFS shop, it would have landed in the dumpster with a resounding CLUNK.

I'm betting that whoever spun the bung was the person who "liberated" the lantern from the USFS--or the next guy down the line.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
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REJ2
Very nice addition Drew! The dings and dents are all part of the untold story, we all know you can't go down to the store and buy another new one like that so we are very proud of what we can find. 
Bob    
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Vegastrapper
Those are the funnest to find. Good for you!
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Rubing
That is a great score Drew, I just fettled one as well. 

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Rhubarb
Cool beans! 
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mgmlvks
Nice One - that will teach me to miss a gathering again!  
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It Burns
That's awesome, Drew - good eye. Beautiful!

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Kirk T
That is what makes all this fun and exciting! Great find! 

I've done so much, for so long, with so little, I can now do almost anything with nothing at all.

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Colemannut
Looks a lot better Drew! Nice clean up. There were quite a bit of great deals and finds to be had at the gathering last weekend. I think the buyers and sellers were very happy! 
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