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Tim Reynolds has kept this Anchor 350cp kerosene lantern in immaculate condition since buying it new in 1984.

(October 2016)


 Mr Vidonyi

Mr Vidonyi, teacher in the Sacred Heart Primary School, Naivasha, Kenya, conducting a lesson by the light of a kerosene Anchor lantern. There's no electricity in the school yet, and it gets pretty cold in the evenings so the heat of the lantern is useful too. Photo by Patricia Moore, February 2012

The schools lantern

Joseph lights the new kersene lantern in preparation for the evening lesson, Sacred Heart Primary School, Naivasha, Kenya. Photo by Patricia Moore, February 2012

A very nice, and very large AIDA lantern. Courtesy of Mr Kasamji in Pune, India. No model number present on this one. Mr Kasaji's shop is a collector's dream! Photo by Alan Moore


This is a kerosene lantern from Indonesia, branded Radja Angin. The name translates as "King of the Wind". It's heavy, very well made, with a top hood that attaches with a bayonet fixing. Photo by Alan Moore


This is a truly superb lamp made by Hugo Schneider Aktiengesellschaft, probably at the Leipzig plant, in Germany. Commonly abbreviated to HASAG, the Hugo Schneider company also used the identifier tag "Polar" for their larger lanterns. This particular lamp has been renovated by Suthanai Prasertsan from Thailand, after it was found in a shop near to Bangkok. It's almost all original HASAG parts, and is in fully working condition. Suthanai says that the only part not original is the handle for the fuel valve - "I think this should be a four handled knob instead of double tap handle".  Hugo Schneider was heavily committed to German war production from the late 1930s, and it's not surprising that the company did not survive past the end of WW2. It is likely that this lamp dates from the 1930s

This is a fairly rare lantern carrying the NOVA badge, dating from around the mid 1920s. The plate shows the Falks Veritas logo, London Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. Veritas was one of the biggest brands of oil lamps in the UK during the 1920s and 30s, yet they did not exactly leave an indelible influence on the pressure lantern scene in England. In fact it's very likely that this lantern was made in the USA by National Stampings under the Nu-Lite name, and simply badged for sale in the UK as one of the P80 series, with 300cp light output burning gasoline. It resembles the Nu-Lite model 18, its a single mantle lantern, it does have a built in tip cleaner, but one that is an early design, with the operating lever accessble only inside the globe. It was found and cleaned up by Colin Mills in Australia.

 Monsieur Ara Kebapcioglu in Paris recently met with M. Besnard, whose grandfather was a partner in "Maris & Besnard", a major French lamp maker in the early 20th C, Maris & Besnard specialized in vehicle lights, and one of their brands was Phares Besnard. (literally translates to Besnard Headlights). The name was shortened to PB or PeeBee, and the lantern shown here is a rare survivor from the 1920s. At first I thought this was by National Stampings, modified in France for use as a vehicle light, but closer inspection shows the bottom frame does not have the expected 4 pillar-fixing holes. Since there are only 3, this was specially manufactured for use without the standard mica chimney. The clip on the back is either to hold a pump, or to attach the lamp to the vehicle. Similar but unbranded lamps have been found in Europe.


The Optimus 200 is one of my personal favourites, its a small compact single mantle lantern that uses kerosene. This one belongs to Espen Heitmann in Norway. It has now been restored to working order. This model of lantern was available in brass or chrome finish.