Dating old oil lamps
This book an excellent reference for burner and parts identification.This book covers the Burners developed in Europe, German burners imported to North America and Aladdin brand burners.Most of this web site is dedicated to documenting the Aladdin brand of lamps.Aladdin was and is still the most successful brand of non-pressurized kerosene mantle lamp.It is not intended to parrot previously published works nor to replace them. If you have an interest in Aladdin kerosene lamps THE essential book to own is "Aladdin The Magic Name in Lamps" by J. Bill's book is primarily focused on Aladdin lamps marketed within the United States and Canada. Courter also wrote the definitive guide to center draft kerosene lamp identification which includes a value guide.A copy of this book can be purchased through the Aladdin Knight's web site. Center draft kerosene lamps were very popular in the United states and many were very ornate.Like every good collectible, there is a club for Aladdin lamp enthusiasts called the "Aladdin Knights".
Since much of this site is illustrated by lamps from my personal collection expect to see a lot of dents and finish flaws. Since I have started this site others have helped out by sending me jpeg pictures of lamps I do not have for use in this site. They used up materials on hand creating factory hybrid and transition lamps.If your collecting interests leads you to the early evolution of kerosene mantle burners, the place to look is Germany where mantle lamps were invented and the book to purchase is called "The Evolution of the Kerosene Mantle Burner" by Anton Kaim.This is a self published book sold directly by the author and does a very good job of covering the inception and comparative evolution of the mantle burner, most of which took place in Europe.What makes this book unique and important is that it tells the stories of the people and companies behind the lamps and adds a perspective you will not find elsewhere.While Bill Courter's book does an excellent job of telling the story of Aladdin, this book puts that story into perspective with the rest of the early American mantle lamp industry.
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Dozens of companies manufactured a wide verity of these lamps, some of whom also manufactured kerosene mantle lamps.