Pressure Lamps International; Butterfly lanterns

Pressure Lamps International

Lea Hin and Butterfly Lamps

©AWMoore 2004

Butterfly brand lamps are a modern product, manufactured in Singapore by the LEA HIN CO (PTE )LTD. The factory address of this company is

293 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159940.

Telephone : (65) 473 1868 (4 Lines)

Facsimile : (65) 479 1369, (65) 475 3773

Telex : RS 24833 LEA HIN Cable Address : CHINALAMP

The company manufactures all kinds of kerosene pressure appliances, including stoves, lanterns, cookers, and mantles. The lantern shown below is one of the Butterfly brand lamps. The Lea Hin Co has a homepage showing other products made in the Singapore factory and other locations.


A Butterfly brand Pressure lantern

Although it is no longer manufactured, one interesting product is the Black Lamp, which appears to be a clone of the 400 CP Petromax hanging lanten. US collector David Hanke discovered an advertising leaflet in the packing material when he arranged to have a Butterfly lantern shipped direct to him from the makers. Part of the leaflet is shown below. Lea Hin started in 1935, at a time when I believe Petromax were exporting their products widely, so it is possible that they were agents for the German company.



David Hanke's Butterfly advert


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

Pressure Lamps International United Factories Co (Kansas City) 1316 1330 1332 1385 McGee Street, Kansas City (1908)1028 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City (1909)1841 Factory Building, Kansas City (1909)809 & 1043 Factory Building, Kansas City (1909)404 Goden & Keppel Building, Kansas   The North Carolina Advocate of 23 January 1908 describes (on p7) a new way for manufacturers to get their goods into the hands of consumers without "burdensome profits being tacked on by jobbers, ...

Foote Mfg

Pressure Lamps International Foote Mfg CoLiberty Lamp Co Dayton, Ohio, USA   It appears that the Foote Manufacturing Co operated out of Dayton, Ohio for only a relatively short time. Terry Marsh shows several of their lamps on his web site, and reports that the company existed from 1908 to 1917. You can see these at this location: Terry Marsh US Lamp Manufacturers A - F.   The earliest advertisements seem to be around 1908/9, then they continue for several years, when one ...