200A and 202 reproduction
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riffraffralph
Hello from soon to be in the rearview mirror Illinois. I am in the process of moving to Florida and was in the garage packing up stuff when I found this Coleman lantern in a box with other things I forgot I had (getting forgetful). Pulling it from the box I stuck my thumb through one of the panels of the eisenglass globe, darn it. After looking it over I thought it's not worth much but it might be fun to make it functional again, so I decided to look for someone who knows about these lanterns and found this site. Is it possible for someone with a fair amount of mechanical abilities to restore this to operational status? I guess the first thing I should know is the model and year. Checking the internet I found that there may be two stamped numbers indicating the month and year of manufacture, my lantern has nothing. I have attached some photos which may help someone in providing this info (Can't seem to get this site to use my photo URL, so go to (https://riffraffralph.imgbb.com). Addressing the mechanical condition, the knob on the side does turn in both directions, the valve inside the lantern is frozen, and the filler port I didn't attempt to open as I was concerned that there might be something inside I might damage (cautious after putting a hole in the globe). The nickel plating is pretty bad shape, there is a dent in the top and the lantern needs a total cleaning. So what do you think is it worth restoring or should I just put it on eBay?
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Flyboyfwa
Hi, welcome from NE Indiana. Your pics need to be smaller than 320kb. Resize them and you should be able to post. Pictures will go a long way to helping you out. There are many people that will be to help you get it going. I think you will be surprised at the results you can obtain with a little information from the forum. Answering a few questions should at least help narrow it down.

What color is the vent(top lid cover)?
What color is the fount(fuel tank)?
Does it have glass or mica?
2 mantles or one?
Can you see any date numbers on the bottom or possibly on the side under badge stamp if it's nickel?
Look at the collar. Can you see a model number?

Parts can be found at OCP Old Coleman Parts. click on banner at top of the page.
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
Coleman Slant Saver #54
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #06
275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
The Coleman Blues 243's #159

ICCC #1741
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WYSIWYG
Looks like a nice quicklite! It will clean up very nicely, you should keep an eye out for the pump. VINTAGE-BRASS-COLEMAN-EXTERNAL-PUMP-For-LANTERN.jpg 
You'll need it to get it running
John        
One in every public place...

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Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate. Member #0059
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #004
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Vintageish
The quick light era predates more modern ones. Making it more worth caring for for era's sake. 
Kinda like a model A vs a 1975 common Gremlin or something.

The globe protects the mantles. Don't let that bug you to much beyond treating it as fragile. Keep it.
The tip cleaner lever being stuck is no reason to get rid of it either. Early quick lite generators didn't have the tip cleaner. And your generator was an improvement in that respect. It replaced older styles for some users , others likely stuck with the previous tried and true... IF it can be accepted that the tip cleaner and moving parts was an improvement. Fun stuff...

I'm only suggesting here....Research Quick Lite lanterns. That can help decide a value when comparing to similar types selling prices for comparison.
And , it can help you decide how much you want to put into getting it running. Or in keeping it as is.

Most folks with interests in gas stuff Coleman built would be delighted to have a look at it. More so with those who appreciate quick lites!

Congrats on finding it , again. Pack it carefully for travel should you take it with you.
If you like history and tinkering it is a manageable sized item to work on. A good thing for some folks.
And a sense of saving history in a way when it fires up and runs as designed.  Plus the satisfaction of your getting it going.

Worse case you can just clean it up. Or , leave the patina on it. More fun decisions(!)

Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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Hot Diggity
That'll clean up nice.  Nice mica too!

You can just click on your pictures from your photo host site and copy/paste them here.  At least I can.
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
Milspec Syndicate #510
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0510
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #12
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
Coleman Slant Saver #510
Frank Appreciation Syndicate Member #2
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riffraffralph
Thanks for the replies. As to FlyBoyfwa questions: the top is brass (nickel burned off?), the fount is nickel, the globe is mica, there are two mantles, I'm not sure what the collar is (the band that has Coleman Quick Lite pierced in it?) there aren't any numbers there either. I can't find any numbers. If you can check out this URL there are a couple of pics, if it's not working would you let me know, thanks.  https://riffraffralph.imgbb.com
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Gunhippie
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Ralph--I had no problem posting your images. Just left-click on the pic to get full-size, then right-click and choose "Copy Image Location" from the drop-down menu. Then paste into your post. Since the pics are hosted elsewhere, you get around the size limits.

You have a Coleman QuickLite 327. It requires an external pump like posted above, though there are many alternatives. It seems to be in very good shape and those are pretty easy to work on. All parts that may need replacement--not many--are available from our sponsor, Old Coleman Parts (click on the banner at the top of the page).

The date will be two numbers, one either side of the QuickLite stamp below the filler plug. Like this:

[44800612102_24c6a833e3_b]

Except that's a later model without the QuickLite and the date #s, which are on the bottom. Yours will be either side of the Made In USA.

Try searching around this forum for rebuilding a QuickLite. You should find tons of info. If not, come on back and ask.
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'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Flyboyfwa
OK. I see them now. Yep, thats a quicklite. That lantern is about 100 years old. Like others said that one looks like it's in great shape. I recently cleaned up one a little older than that in much worse condition. So it can be done.
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I bet that would be quite a looker all cleaned up. Read the forum and ask questions and you will have it up and running in no time.

Another thing that will help you date that is to see if there is a letter on the front of the valve fiber wheel. The letters correspond to year produced, i just don't have them memorized.

Look up LanternLab on you tube. One of our members makes great videos that will help you. There is one about lighting your lantern. It is a little different procedure than newer ones so you will have a better idea of what to expect.
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
Coleman Slant Saver #54
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #06
275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
The Coleman Blues 243's #159

ICCC #1741
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JimL
That lantern looks to be in really nice shape.  I think you should keep it, and when you clean it, will be impressed how nice it turns out.  If you don't have the pump to go with it, you can make one easy enough from a dollar store pump as I did recently.  See this thread:
https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/in-need-of-a-lamp-pump-heres-a-really-quick-efficient-and-economical-diy-one-10596362?pid=1312337295

-Jim

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riffraffralph
Thanks Gunhippie for the tips on posting pics. Checking my lantern I don't see any numbers or emblems stamped anywhere.  The only marking I have found is where Flyboyfwa suggested, I cleaned the face of the valve fiber wheel and found a "B". Does that help to determine a date?
Flyboy I can't believe the phenomenal job you did on that lantern. Seeing the support and knowledge offered by everyone so far has made me decide to restore my lantern, hopefully I can get similar results and save a little Coleman history. 
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Gunhippie
With no markings, it would be from early '24 or earlier. Yours looks to be around '22-23 or so from the flat baffle plate.
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'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Flyboyfwa
https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/fiber-valve-wheel-identification-guide-9514635?pid=1300012113&highlight=fiber+wheel+dates

B would be 1923.
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
Coleman Slant Saver #54
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #06
275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
The Coleman Blues 243's #159

ICCC #1741
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macwacs
looks nice as it is. Would take minimal effort to get it running again.
RMW
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Flyboyfwa
A great trick I learned here is to spray it with oven cleaner, wait 30 mins and then 0000 steel wool gently to clean, and polish with Mothers or similar. Be careful not to get aggressive or use mechanical polishers. The nickel can be fairly thin and you can go right through it. The oven cleaner will take a lot of the gunk off without too much scrubbing. It doesn't look like yours will take much effort to look good.
Andy
Mil-Spec Ops #199
Coleman Slant Saver #54
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #06
275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
The Coleman Blues 243's #159

ICCC #1741
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