200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

scl
probably one or all of you, or i may start a museum.  i would like it to stay with collectors when the time comes, we need to stick together. the museum if ever a reality needs to be in a safe location which seems to be getting harder to find nowadays. just thinking out loud here.
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hikerduane
I worry very much about what will happen to all my stoves and some lanterns.  My stoves are worth (paid that much) more than my garage.  Large Primus 96 collection.  Leave tags on stuff I guess and hope family isn't in a hurry to dispose of, or like some guys, sell before I'm gone.
Duane
Duane-All seasons, year round backpacker and camper.  So many stoves and lanterns, who's counting.
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BrightSpot
Well, I plan to sell most of them before I go and hopefully make a buck or two. I like a hobby that is self funding! I can't think of a better way because I suspect they will go to somebody that wants and hopefully cherishes them as I did. You can't take them with you - unless you can afford a pyramid. 
Wendell
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Leviticus Tomethreus
I’ll take your collections 😁
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

The biggest lie I tell myself is
”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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BrightSpot
Actually, it's the hunt that thrills me the most! I love searching all the unique shops and markets where they may be secretly dwelling. Nothing like making a bee-line to the car with a SCORE!
Wendell
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warren
As you all know, I think it is good that you start thinking about this, no matter what age you are.   If that even is just refining and cataloging your collections.  My goal is to have just a few (ok 50-100) really nice items.  That is mainly to space requirements for the house we now live in.

ANTIQUESWV on Ebay
#1 in the 223B club
Gatlinburg, TN

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Leviticus Tomethreus
Hold on so I should start thinking about this too
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi”
for nothin’,if they did call me that.

Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41, 
10/25, and 8/07

The biggest lie I tell myself is
”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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BrightSpot
This hobby is all about Quality. You have to keep what you hope to be a family heirlooms - those that will stand the test of time. I love the old lanterns with the top quality materials, like brass!
Wendell
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D421
I had a good friend pass. He had a fantastic collection of old guns. I helped his wife price them and make detaled list of each item with a fair price. The list was sent to a group of about 25 friends.  All guns were sold with no problems or further negotiation.  The wife was thrilled with the profit and knowing things went to people who apreciated them.

After the guns were sold she called and asked about some boxes of junk that she had found. I took a look at the junk and found that junk to be about 15 thousand dollars of parts. Don't forget to let people know what you have.

Like they say I hope my wife doesn't sell my stuff for what I told her I paid for it.
Dominic
Everyone likes the dog catcher...until they catch your dog.
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Mister Wilson
I worked with a guy in CA years ago that I became good friends with.  When I moved to PA in 1996 we stayed in touch, the occasional phone call etc.  My wife always sent him a Christmas card every year.  The last time I tried calling him the number didn't work.  Hmmm.  Sent the 2019 Christmas card.  A couple of weeks later I receive a phone call from his brother, Jimmy had passed.  He was a long time bachelor, and a bit of a hoarder.  I was one of the only people he would let into his house because of that.  BUT, he had a very nice gun collection, vintage 22-250 were his main passion and he had some very nice ones.  Turns out he had left everything to his brother's kids in his will, his house, guns, cars, everything.  Long story short, Chuck had the guns appraised and sold by a reputable dealer.  With the proceeds he was able to have the house cleaned out, updated nicely, and sold it for a handsome profit for his children (young adults really), which is what Jim's intentions were.  Very few people knew what Jimmy had in his house.  Thank goodness he had a will prepared.  I miss that handsome devil...
John
H.C. Lanterns dealer
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #2001 A Turd's Odyssey
Canadian Blues #028
Coleman Slant Saver #31
Looking for 6-56 and 6-58 Birthday lanterns.
There's been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about.
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Cottage_hill_bill
I'm a firm believer in making plans and preparations for what happens when you die. I 've seen too many families torn apart because someone was too stupid, lazy, afraid, ignorant (pick your reason) to make a will and other plans.

Based on family history I should have a good shot at making 90+, but I could also do something stupid tomorrow and game over. My plan is to sell off the various collections as I get too old to enjoy them. When I can no longer get to the range the guns will start to go. Then the lanterns and stoves and other collections. With insurance and pension my wife will be comfortable so I've left the collections to my two adult daughters. I did this after discussing it with them and making sure they were willing to take the time auction or sell the stuff to maximize their profit. Once they agreed I made the appropriate note in my will. I also keep a good inventory of the collections with notes to indicate the highest value items. I've also written up some suggestions on how to dispose of the stuff such as posting a notice here for the GPAs. 


If you haven't made preparations here are some of the things I think you should get in order regardless of your age, health or martial status.
A will, drawn up by a lawyer and valid in your state.
A health surrogate power of attorney that includes your intentions and wishes such as a Do Not Resuscitate order,
A durable power of attorney for the person you want to make financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated. This needs some thought and discussion. Once signed they can do anything you can do, take out a loan in your name, sell you car etc. You would normally keep possession of the POA but let them know where to find it if you are incapacitated.
A life estate deed for real estate. I think in all states you can use a life estate deed, a few offer an enhanced life estate deed. The way this works is your attorney draws up a deed from you to whomever you are leaving the property to. It is a second deed to the property and goes into effect on your death. In my case my wife and I own our house jointly. Our enhanced life deed names our daughters. When the last one of my wife and I dies the life deed instantly goes into effect and the girls are the owners. At that point they can do whatever they want with the property and don't have to wait for a will to be probated or anything else. They also get the step up in basis (ask your accountant) for tax purposes that they would get with a standard inheritance. 

Don't stick your family with the extra burden of trying to get rid of your junk without giving them some help and guidance.
Reese
North West Florida

Reese’s Law of Thermodynamics:  At temperatures below incandescence hot metal looks exactly like cold metal.

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Whitegas Extraordinaire

I really feel that having proper packaging for at least your highest end items is paramount. Seeing some items broken in transit wether it be eBay or other auction house is driving me to design packaging for my whole collection. Imagine your heirs needing to sell 150-800 pieces, knowing how fragile these items are can complicate their task. 

I am starting with my shades then moving to lamps and then lanterns.

How much more would someone be willing to pay for your collection knowing the packaging was done properly? Double boxed shades and globes, properly nested lamps and lanterns.
This could even extend to transport to an auction house. I’m guessing there would be substantial savings if you could put them in a crated skid and send them LTL, unless you needed a full trailer!

When I find my parlor lamp I will immediately build a crate to insure it’s safety. Wood interior wrapped in cardboard. That alone saves 15$ in ups fees.
Even if you were moving it would truly be a benefit.

Thank you
Kevin 

I frighten easily!

My current shade is Coleman!!

To me a lamp without a shade is creepy!

ICCC # 1865

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BSAGuy
The BSA motto sums all this up in only two succinct words:  Be Prepared.
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
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smarti
On June 25, 2018, my 57 year old brother, and only sibling, didn't wake up. He left no will. He had no wife or children. He was a true hoarder, and although we were very close, I hadn't been in his house since 1999. Nobody had. To say he was hoarder is an understatement.

I was immediately thrust into dealing with the business of death, while in shock over suddenly losing my best friend and brother. After 15 months of probate and countless man hours of hauling trash out and sorting through everything, I was finally able to sell the home. One gut wrenching aspect was he had taken out a life insurance policy when he got married in 1987 and named his wife as beneficiary. They divorced 5 years later after she attacked him with a butcher knife. He continued to pay the premiums for the next 25 years, but never took her off the policy. She collected $103,000 tax free when he died. Divorces legally negate many things, but not life insurance policies. She tried to kill him and got $103,000 for it because of his negligence. 

Make a legal plan so your heirs don't have to go through what I did. It was horrific on top of my personal loss. It was by far the most difficult experience of my life and changed me forever. It wasn't pleasant in any way and writing that check to the probate lawyer for $12,800 when it was all settled wasn't much fun either. I also paid an additional $42,000 in taxes.

Nobody should leave their loved ones with that type of burden. Still, I miss him every day and always will.

Scott
It was Love at first light!!! Scott
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