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.


Here is one for the serious collector. This is a single mantle gasoline pressure lantern made by the Thermos Division of the American Gas Machine Co. in Albert Lea, Minnesota during the early 1960s and sold through the Sears Roebuck catalogue house branded as J C Higgins model 710-74560.   The lantern is actually identical to the Thermos model 8312 and at over 50 years old it is in remarkably good condition, requiring only a small degree of "fettling" to get it working. As always, I strongly recommend checking all seals and joints and replacing any doubtful washers before attempting to light the lamp. The tapered glass is branded "Pyex", and the enamel on the hood is good apart from a couple of small chips shown in the photo. The underside of the hood is white enamel, the top is pale blue.The pump still functions, and the pricker wire moves freely in the gas nipple.   Contact me through the contact page if you are interested. 

Shipping is always risky with glass items, so this is best collected in person from Northampton. Asking price for this one is £35

I will post to the the UK mainland using Hermes for an additional £8 but I can't absolutely guarantee that the glass will survive! 



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Not for sale, but just for information: This is a section from a 1964 Thermos catalogue showing the model 8312 lantern, ( same as sold by Sears as the J C Higgins 710)


Bev's IL series Tilley lamp is a good example of its type. Located in Devon, Bev has decided to sell this lamp. Have a look at the photos and if you are interested let me know via the contact page and I will pass your details on. This model of indoor lamp is described in Jim Dick's excellent book "Tilley, the Versatile Vapour lamp". Jim has this to say: "A hanging indoor lamp of the lifebuoy style designated the IL33 was offered not long after the new burner pattern was adopted in 1922. This number remained until it was re-designated just after the War, first as the IL33/45 then the IL 47. It then lasted until the early 1960s. There were improvements and changes in detail over the years, but the fundamentals did not change and it looked pretty much the same over the 40 years the lamp was produced." 

If you want to find out more about this particular lamp, or if you are interested in buying it, then I will pass your email address to Bev. Just let me know through the contact page.





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!


Pressure Lamps International

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based in Northampton, UK.
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The history of lighting is rather like a long and winding road, in fact it probably will go on for ever. There is always something new to report, and the consequence of that is that I can never be fully up to date. If you know something that isn't written here then you are welcome to tell me.