Pressure Lamps International

Shanghai Gas Lamp Factory and China National Light Industrial Products

No.757, Xikang Rd. Jin'an, Shanghai, China

88 Hai Fang Road, Shanghai.

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The Shanghai Pressure Lantern Factory has been manufacturing lamps and heating equipment since around 1915. The most famous lighting product is the Anchor brand, which has been exported to almost every country. Currently, the factory supplies products to over 90 countries. The Anchor lamp is a 350 or 500 CP single mantle model based on the Ehrich and Graetz "Petromax" pre-1940 lantern. It is a tried and tested design which gives good quality light. Other identical brands are Trainite and Light Brand, I don't yet know where these brands are made, but it would not surprise me if they originate from the same company. The Shanghai Pressure Lantern Factory is at 88 Hai Fang Road, Shanghai. Telephone (21)62665548 or (21)2531456

Another name associated with Anchor is the China National Light Industrial Products Import and Export Corporation. The Shanghai branch address is 128 Huchiu Road, Shanghai, The People's Republic of China.

The image below shows a typical model 999 before restoration. This lantern is badged to Blacks of Greenock, in Scotland, and dates from around 1990. There are other styles, with various accessories.


Model 999

Anchor Lamps are imported to the UK and marketed by Relum Ltd, The 500CP lamps are slightly modified to meet British Standard 2049 : 1985 and sold as Relum Magnalux.

An interesting point is that the Chinese characters on some Anchor lanterns translate as "Cat" so perhaps there is a link with Cat and CatMax brand lanterns. Other trade names associated with the SPLF are Red Heart, Jui Lin, and Rhino.

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Links to other sites

Links to other sites - this page is desperately in need of an update! It's coming soon, but in the meantime here are a few of the best internet sites for lamp collectors.   David Greenwood - a knowledgeable and friendly collector is at    Currently off-line Fil Graf has one of the original reference sites at Juan has a good site for Focus and Petromax at ...

Lamps for Sale

 If you have a lamp or lantern for sale you can advertise it here, free of charge. Just send a couple of photos and your location details. There are no hidden costs, I'll just pass on any inquiries and then you arrange the sale yourself. To avoid problems it's much better that buyer and seller arrange to meet and agree the sale, as I can't be responsible for lost packages or failed payments! If you can't meet, then always use shipping methods with signed-for delivery. ************** ...


This is where you can display a photo of a pressure lamp spotted in an unexpected place. (Actually, some places might be expected, so send the photos in anyway)   A couple of Petromax lanterns in amongst the baking produce at Smith's Farm Shop, Chapel Brampton Rushden Railway Museum, Sept 2016 The lamp collection at Rushden, no BR49 there!                    x

United Factories

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Foote Mfg

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