200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

dbosch
I need to ask a few questions to those who have a USFS lantern.  This is the red, embossed Quick Lite version.  This is to support a restoration project that I have.

Is the lantern fount painted red on the underside as well as the topside?

Did yours come with a green vent?

Is the baffle plate below the burner nickel plated or natural steel?

Is the valve wheel the older fiber wheel with the brass center or the molded plastic?

Is the filler cap nickel plated, no wings and with a standard hex knurl?


Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

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kb5zfa
Dan,
Mine has the fount painted on the underside,the vent is green, the baffle plate is rusty as is the bottom of the frame, the fuel cap is nickle plated knurled with a hole in the side and the valve knob is molded.

Terry Marsh told me not to mess with the paint. I think he knows more about the USFS lanterns than any one I know of.



Joe
Joe
Dunlap New Mexico
Can't find that on your map.
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dbosch
Joe-
It looks like you've never taken yours apart - correct?  I'm wanting to confirm that the valve wheel is not on the USFS side.

Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

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Nevada_Ed
What the heck is this Dan? Make us guys that want and don't have a USFS lantern all jealous?? Well you got me dang it. lol.

Ok, seriously I do have a question, what years did Coleman make them when they were embossed just for the USFS, and did they make them otherwise marked permanently as well? I am thinking they must have made contract runs of them, but only at each contract time. And did AGM or any other companies get a contract as well.

Ed

Ed

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dbosch
Ed-
It's taken me 15 years to stumble onto the one I got and I'm pretty pumped about it.  The paint has been stripped from a pristine fount which I intend to repaint.  The top and burner cage are in good shape but I found a pristine L427 on our favorite online auction site which will be a donor top and burner cage.  I hope the result is a NOS looking lantern.

In any event, yes there were other versions of the USFS lantern and other companies made them.  Go here and here for examples.  The only Coleman version that isn't shown is a standard L427 where "US Forest Service" was sand etched in the side of the nickel fount.

Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

Faith is not about everything turning out okay; faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.
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wade
This is a 3 of 1933 Has the plastic valve wheel and the underside of the vent is white, filler cap knurled hex, the whole fount was painted even under the collar

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Nevada_Ed
oooooh, I am getting more jealous.

Ed

Ed

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Randy

Here are my 2.  Both have plastic valve wheels, plain steel baffel plates, and both are red underneath.

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dbosch
I've heard the legend that all USFS's came with a red top but I don't think so.  There may have been a small run that had the red tops, but I believe they mostly came with the standard green.  The reason is for every 10 green ones I see, there is a red one.  Opinions?
Dan B.  ICCC #100
The Texas Dust Bowl

Faith is not about everything turning out okay; faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.
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kb5zfa
Dan the lantern is just the way I got it except that now I have put one of Freds globes on it. I do not think that it has ever been apart.

Joe
Joe
Dunlap New Mexico
Can't find that on your map.
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Scouterjan
Dan, PM sent
Jan



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Cigar_Mike

Dan, I agree with you totally on the vent color issue.  I think the red vents were a small batch.  There are just way too many out there with very original looking green vents to be any other way.

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wnaber
Dan,

As far as I could tell, my USFS was untouched when I got it.  It has a red fount w/ no paint on the bottom, green hat, steel baffle plate, plastic valve wheel, nickle knurled fuel cap with a hole in the side and the valve wheel is on the opposite side of the USFS embossing.  The globe is the green "Coleman" labeled globe.

I decided to leave the paint alone.  It looks pretty ratty, but its only original once.

I hope to post pictures later tonight.

Good luck with your project!

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