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    I have collected both common, semi rare, and a few rare lamps. There conditions are from a 1 (junk parts) to 10 (mint condition). I have included as many different Cap lamps as I could to present a  reference for collectors and a means of identification for anyone else. If you are a collector and notice any discrepancies, please submit a comment in my personal page or just E-mail me at mserino@mindspring.com .  

Click the thumbnail for a better view. There are hyperlinks to the highlighted manufacturers names. Click them to view more information . Please note that my reference to rarity is a guestamate and is a subjective opinion. 

Arrow             Mfg. Universal Lamp Co.. Arrow Top View.jpg (160158 bytes)

Nickel Plated Arrow lamp with screw on reflector. The manufacturer was not known untill just recently. It was originally thought to be either Shanklin or United lamp, but a boxArrow Side View.jpg (229386 bytes) turned up with the solution to the mystery. It was Arrow division, Universal Lamp Co.

Rarity 6          

Value $315      

Condition 7

Autolite            Universal Lamp Co.

Autolite NIB Side View.jpg (293183 bytes)Autolite NIB Top View.jpg (200427 bytes)In mint condition and In original Box.

 It has never been fired.

Rarity 1Autolite nib disassembled.jpg (348147 bytes)

Value $85

Condition 9+

Baldwins 2      Fredric E. Baldwin, John Simmons

Baldwin's 2 side.jpg (195809 bytes)Both lamps are missing the reflectors and one is also  missing the cap hook.

Rarity 4

Baldwin's 2 side.jpg (195809 bytes)Value $180

Condition 4 and 5

Baldwin N/P       Fredric E. Baldwin, J Simmons

Baldwin top.jpg (13383 bytes)The picture doesn't show the nickel plating but it is at least 80% complete and no stress cracks. The lighting gives it the brass look. A nice light .

Rarity 4Baldwin Side.jpg (165971 bytes)

Value $200

Condition 8

Baldwin Brass       Fredric E. Baldwin, J Simmons

The picture doesn't do justice to the patina on this lite. No dent's and no stress cracks. The water fill tube is  intact and the cap hook and braces are in place. There is some slight corrosion on the steel reflector.

Baldwin 3 side.jpg (21656 bytes)

Rarity 4

Value $300

Condition 8baldwin 3 top.jpg (21325 bytes)

 

 

Brilliant Search Light          Rudolph C. Kruschke

First patented in 1899 and first production in 1902 out ofBrililant sl front.jpg (57022 bytes) Duluth, Minnesota. The brass belt mounted carbide container has a spring feeding cup and looks like it would hold more fuel than a standard cap lamp. This takes a lot of weight off of the hat. The steel cap burner has a chimney and cover for foul weather. ItBrilliant sl side.jpg (63188 bytes) also has two lenses that swing into place. The large lens gives a broad beam and the small a more focused one. This is quite a rugged design.

Rarity4

Value $250

Condition 7

 

Brite-Lite          Harker Manufacturing  Co.

A very special addition to any collection. This near mint condition lamp is very rare and was patented by  Charles Hoppe, formerly of the Charles Hoppe company, that also made the Ever-Ready lamp. In 1915 Mr. Hoope joined Harker Manufacturing.An unfired Brite Lite is pretty hard to find.Brite Lite top.jpg (25292 bytes)

Rarity7

Value $1680

Condition 9Brite lite side.jpg (25174 bytes)

 

 

Buddy           Ashmead Manufacturing Buddy Top Justrite Bottom.jpg (133943 bytes) Co.

Flat blade water lever type. Missing the bottom cap wires and has a Justrite bottom.

Rarity 5Buddy Side Justrite Bottom.jpg (162139 bytes)

Value $180

Condition 6

Buddy's 2        Ashmead Manufacturing Co.

Baldwin's 2.jpg (15529 bytes)The lamp on the left is missing the water door and reflector. The base is a rare Elkhorn type hex bottom but is smashed. The right lamp has a Premier bottom and is missing cap hook and brace.

Rarity 5Buddys 2 Side.jpg (192677 bytes)

Value $120

Condition 1 and 5

DayLight         Unknown Manufacturer

Very little is known of the origins of this lamp except that it is similar to an Autolite and possibly made in England. Some Daylight lamps have a P&H trade make ((Powel and Hammer, Birmingham, England) on the side but this one does not. It is only somewhat similar to the Autolite The water door is oval and not round. The single band around the top and the double bands around the base have a 45 degree notching instead of the 90 degree Autolite pattern. The reflector brace and retaining nut are also not the same. The cap hook and brace are completely different. They are the simple solder on style.Daylite top.jpg (23459 bytes)

Rarity 9

Value $350

Condition 7+Day Lite side.jpg (26713 bytes)

 

 

Defender         Justrite Manufacturing Co.

Defender top.jpg (151558 bytes)Defender side.jpg (178268 bytes)A Nearly perfect nickel plated lamp. The nickel is 99% intact. No cracks or dents. The only flaw in this lamp is a  loose solder joint where the water door hinge wire connects to the base.Defender inside.jpg (228503 bytes)

Rarity 5+

Value $1140

Condition 9+

 

Demon              Unknown  

demon top.jpg (14397 bytes)This is an Australian Demon Strikelight. It only has the name on the top without any other markings. The lamp appears to be an Australian version of the Guy's Dropper. The top is very similar to the Guts Dropper demon side.jpg (13475 bytes) plain WB and the bottom is like a MFLC C-11 except that there are no markings on the bottom and the raised rectangles are not as distinct as on the Guys Dropper C-11. I got this one from a trader in New South Wales Au. . It is in perfect condition.

Rarity 5

Value $200

Condition 9

 

Elkhorn           Ashmead Manufacturing Co.

Elkhorn Top.jpg (141468 bytes)Flat blade water lever type. Missing the bottom cap retainer and has a small dent in the water door. The patina makes this one look like copper. Its a beautiful lamp.

Rarity 7Elkhorn Side.jpg (204001 bytes)

Value $312

Condition 6

Fulton              E M. Haw Co.

Fulton top.jpg (191866 bytes)A dead ringer for the X-Ray lamp. This is the mysterious little lamp that no one seems to know for sure who made it. Some think it was really made by the Fulton Tool Works others think it was Emmons Hawkins Co. of Huntington WV. The bottom is stamped EM Haw Co Huntington WV.Fulton Side.jpg (227771 bytes)Fulton Inside.jpg (294327 bytes) It is missing the cap retaining wires but is in otherwise great shape.

Rarity 9

Value $1,200

Condition 8

Gee-Bee         Grier Bros. Manufacturing

Gee-Bee top.jpg (14768 bytes)A neat lamp with the J&T cleaner. It only has one  dent to   water door, and very minor dings to the reflector. The cleaner wire needs to be replaced though. You don't see many of these with the cap  hook and braces still intact.

Rarity 8Gee-Bee side.jpg (14612 bytes)

Value $508

Condition 7

 

Gem                Gem Manufacturing Co.

Gem Top.jpg (190692 bytes)A nearly perfect little lamp, no cracks and very little corrosion. It only has one small dent to  the right of the water door, the water valve points to it in the top photo, you have to look hard to see it.

Rarity 8Gem Side.jpg (187780 bytes)

Value $945

Condition 8+

Grier Bros.      Grier Brothers Manufacturing

Grier Bros. Top J&T Burner Cleaner.jpg (143032 bytes)This lamp has the rare and clever J&T valve cleaner. This innovative button when pushed would send a fine wire into the flame tip and clean out any soot. It also has the clip on  reflector. What a great little light. Its got a beautiful patina and only a couple minor stress cracks on the bottom.Grier Bros. Side J&T Burner Cleaner.jpg (221652 bytes)

Rarity 6

Value $400

Condition 8

Grier Bros.      Grier Brothers Manufacturing

Grier Bros. Top.jpg (152843 bytes)It has a beautiful copper patina and came  from the lead mines of S.W. Wisconsin. The bottom has a  stress crack that goes all the way through. I could repair it but it would detract from the look.

Rarity 5Grier Bros. Side.jpg (180177 bytes)

Value $267

Condition Top 8, Bottom 3

Guys Dropper  Shaklin Manufacturing Co.

Guys Dropper 3 Date Top.jpg (180797 bytes)3 Frank Guy lamps of the 3 date Variety, banded top lamps. All are complete and in working order. One is shown without lava tip but does have one now. The one on the right  has some repairs.

Rarity 2Guys Dropper 3 Date Side.jpg (297782 bytes)

Value $120

Condition 7,6,3

Guys Dropper  Shaklin Manufacturing Co.

Guys Dropper 2 Date Top.jpg (181779 bytes)2 date variety with banded top. The outer 2 have no reflector and are either repaired or have cracks. The middle one is intact and in working order.

Rarity 2Guys Dropper 2 Date Side.jpg (295473 bytes)

Value $90

Condition 1,6,2

Guys Dropper  Shanklin Manufacturing Co.

Guys Dropper Top IOB.jpg (197752 bytes)Nearly new and in the original box.This lamp has been fired but is in perfect condition. It has no patent date on the top. I think the original owner just test fired this one and  then stored it away.

Rarity 2Guys Dropper Side IOB.jpg (285925 bytes)

Value $94

Condition 9

Guys Dropper  Shanklin Manufacturing Co.Guys Dropper 2 nib top.jpg (27364 bytes)

Unfired and in the original box. This has a flat blade cap mount and a rubber bumper on the bottom. It has no patent date on the top. The box is in real good shape.

Rarity 2guys dropper 2 nib side.jpg (26773 bytes)

Value $120

Condition 9

 

Guys Dropper  Shanklin Manufacturing Co.

Guys Dropper No Date Top.jpg (212981 bytes)No date variety with banded top. The lamp on the right has a large dent on the bottom.

Rarity 2

Value $90Guys Dropper No Date Side.jpg (225619 bytes)

Condition 6,4

Guys Dropper  Shanklin Manufacturing Co.

Guys Dropper Plain WB Top 2 Band CB Btm Top View.jpg (162460 bytes)2 date variety with plain WB top and double banded CB bottom. The reflector is a little tweaked but is otherwise in good condition. There are no cracks or dents.

Rarity 4    Guys Dropper Plain WB Top @ Band CB Bottom Side View.jpg (203295 bytes)

Value $94

Condition 8

Guys Dropper  Shanklin Manufacturing Co.

Guys Dropper Plain WB Top Hex Bottom Top View.jpg (149044 bytes)2 date variety with plain WB top and MFLC C hex bottom. There are no dings or cracks. The lamp seems to have been painted gold.

Rarity 2

Value $100Guys Dropper Plain WB Top Hex Bottom Side View.jpg (169215 bytes)

Condition 8

 

Hansen             A. L. Hansen Manufacturing Co.

Hansen Top View.jpg (385022 bytes)A. L. Hansen's best the "Force Feed" lamp. This is a great lamp that was built to last. Great craftsmanship. There are no dents or cracks. A piece of the clip that holds the striker knob is missing but it  still works.

Rarity 7Hansen Front.jpg (175416 bytes)Hansen Side.jpg (198568 bytes)

Value $630

Condition 7+

 

ITP                  Dewar Manufacturing Co.

ITP Float Feed Top View.jpg (153808 bytes)Nickel plated lamp with aluminum reflector. I can only wonder why the Dewar Co. started using aluminum back then. It was pretty expensive then but maybe they figured that  "Its Trouble Proof". The bottom has some stress minor cracks.

Rarity 4ITP Float Feed Side View.jpg (172425 bytes)

Value $225

Condition 6

ITP                  Dewar Manufacturing Co.

ITP Float Feed Rough Top View.jpg (197660 bytes)These lights can take a licking, and this one has. A few dents and scratches but I think this one would still fire up. The reflector for this lamp is from I don't know what , but it looks cool.

Rarity 4ITP Float Feed Rough Side View.jpg (221670 bytes)

Value $106

Condition 3

Pioneer            John Simmons Co.

John Simmons Pioneer Top View.jpg (173169 bytes)As you can see this light has one dent in the top and a little corrosion on the reflector. This is a classic Simmons. I have often thought of taking the top off of it and punching out that  dent.

Rarity 4John Simmons Pioneer Side View.jpg (211660 bytes)

Value $200

Condition 4

Supervisor        John Simmons Co.

John Simmons Supervisor Top View.jpg (143044 bytes)This is still a half shift (3-4 hour) lamp but is called a supervisor's lamp because of the handle. The finish appears to be chrome but might be nickel. The  finish is 99% intact with no dents or cracks. The reflector John Simmons Supervisor Side View.jpg (196814 bytes) may not be the original for this lamp. I am looking for a reference to compare it with.

Rarity 4

Value $340

Condition 7

Justrite             Justrite Manufacturing Co.

The Lamp is a older model Vertical 661 with a spiral feed waterJustrite Vertical top.jpg (21962 bytes) valve. It is like the one pictured in Pohs book on page 450. This one is fairly rare as I have only ever seen a few with this plain vertical sides.

Rarity 6

Value $225justrite vertical side.jpg (21776 bytes)

Condition 7

 

Justrite             Justrite Manufacturing Co.

Justrite and stick.jpg (266246 bytes)The Lamp is a Horizontal Justrite with the oval water door. I donít know anything about the stick except that the front part that goes around the lamp looks homemade. It is a  piece of copper wire that doesn't snap over the stick, it is just bent around it. This looks like the one in Justrite and stick side.jpg (257896 bytes) Pohs book page 448.

Rarity 2

Value $128

Condition 6

Justrite             Justrite Manufacturing Co.

Justrite front 5-7-1912.jpg (267239 bytes)This Horizontal Justrite lamp is marked with the date of May 7,1912 It has the round water door and the raised Justrite markings on the side. I have not seen a lot  of lamps with this combination. The lamp hook and braces are intact.

Rarity 2Justrite Side 5-7-1912.jpg (304315 bytes)

Value $45

Condition 4

 

Justrite             Justrite Manufacturing Co.

Justrite Top Pat Pend.jpg (200176 bytes)This lamp is stamped with Justrite Streamlined. It has no date only a Patent Pending and Made in  USA markings.

Rarity 1

Value $50Justrite side pat pend.jpg (226808 bytes)

Condition 4

 

Justrite             Justrite Manufacturing Co.

Justrite nib top.jpg (171757 bytes)Justrite lamp new in box  with original instructions. The box is marked model 830W and is also in good condition

Rarity 1

Value $150Justrite nib side.jpg (220212 bytes)

Condition 10

 

Lu-Mi-Num      Fred R. Belt Co.

Lu-Mi-Num Front.jpg (163481 bytes)This is one of the prettiest lamps in my collection. The machine work was excellent when you consider that  aluminum was not a common metal for lamps at that time..

Rarity 5Lu-Mi-Num Inside.jpg (225709 bytes)Lu-Mi-Num Side.jpg (201005 bytes)

Value $637

Condition 10

Pathfinder        Hughes Brothers

Hughes Pathfinder top.jpg (174520 bytes)Just one more rare lamp from Scranton Pa. This unique lamp with a clip on reflector. Its a relatively plain lamp with a simple valve and an interesting reflector.

Rarity 7hughes Pathfinder side.jpg (151703 bytes)

Value $805

Condition 7

 

Premier            Premier Manufacturing, England

Premier Top View.jpg (160619 bytes)I have only 3 foreign lamps in my collection. I include it for the reference value and also because there are so many of them around. They were one of the last companies to continue to make carbide lamps after all the American companies quit.

Rarity 1Premier Side View.jpg (221154 bytes)

Value $25

Condition 4

Scranto       Scranton Acetelyne Lamp Co.

This is one of the early models of carbide lamps made in Scranton Pa. It was called the Scranton lamp and thenscranto front.jpg (25094 bytes) shortened to the Scranto .It has an unusual reflector with a bail support which allowed the reflector to snap on. The patina is typical of the northeastern lamps with an olive cast. It has a patent dates of Sept. 12-1911 and Dec 16-1913 on one side and the Scranto trademark on the other.

Rarity 8scranto side.jpg (23212 bytes)

Value $2000

Condition 8

 

Springfield       Meyer Stein Manufacturing Co.

Springfield Top.jpg (148814 bytes)This is a fairly rare lamp made by Meyer Stein before he sold the company to Ashmead Manufacturing in 1922. It has the hex bottom. The patina is great with a kind of olive/beige look to it.

Rarity 1Springfield Side.jpg (219129 bytes)

Value $400

Condition 6

Sun Ray           Dewar Manufacturing Co.

Sun Ray Nickle Top Superintendant.jpg (146046 bytes)This is a combination supervisor or cap lamp. The incandescent light makes this lamp look like brass but it is nickel plated and 95% intact. The clever little  handle folds down for cap mounting.  This really is a pretty light with the little sun face logo and star burst reflector. It is my favorite lamp.

Sun Ray Nickle Side Superintendant.jpg (154674 bytes)Rarity 5

Value $637

Condition 8

Sun Ray           Dewar Manufacturing Co.

Sun Ray Aluminun Refl. Top.jpg (149318 bytes)This one has 5 solder repairs on stress cracks and the striker is rusted solid but it will still run. The bottom doesn't leak gas and the top holds water. I tested the water valve and it also works. It has an  unusual aluminum reflector.

Sun Ray Aluminum Refl. Side.jpg (151416 bytes)Rarity 5

Value $85

Condition 4

Sun Ray           Dewar Manufacturing Co.

Sun Ray screw down Refl. Top.jpg (165762 bytes)This is a nickel plated lamp with about 5% left. The reflector looks like a replacement that got beat to hell. This might be useful for parts.

Rarity 5Sun Ray Screw Down Refl. Side.jpg (256933 bytes)

Value $25

Condition 1

Sun Ray          Dewar Manufacturing Co.

Sun-Ray & box side.jpg (19177 bytes)A combination supervisor or cap lamp. There is only one small dent on the side and about 85% of the Nickel is intact. What makes this item unique is the original mailing box from the Dewar plant. It has a 12 cent stamp and has little metal  tabs that fold over to seal the box.

Rarity 5sun ray with box top.jpg (17913 bytes)

Value $550

Condition 8

 

Victor               Justrite Manufacturing Co.

Victor Justrite Top View.jpg (169154 bytes)Polygon Feed Victor lamp. There is not a scratch, dent or crack on this light. It looks perfect in every sense . It has been fired, but not often, (at least it didn't inhale) it looks too good. It caries  the Victor trade mark, and patent applied for on its top.

Victor Justrite Side View.jpg (221576 bytes)Rarity 5

Value $250

Condition 9

Wolf                 Wolf Safety Lamp Co. of America

Wolf Top.jpg (162580 bytes)The illusive wolf brass cap lamp. With its rounded design it looks more modern than most lamps. The reflector is the only part of this lamp that has any wear and tear. The bottom looks unfired inside  although I know better. No cracks or dings on this one.

Wolf Front.jpg (207655 bytes)Rarity 4

Value $654

Condition 8

X-Ray              Unknown

x-ray top.jpg (154177 bytes)A classy X-Ray Fulton Imperial lamp. This is the sister to the illusive EM. Haw lamp. It is in perfect shape except for the cap hook  retainers. They appear to have been cut in half to fit an odd  shaped cap.

x-ray side.jpg (202015 bytes)Rarity 6

Value $267

Condition 7

Zar                   John Simmons, Zar Manufacturing Co.

Zar top.jpg (17241 bytes)An unfired perfect specimen. There is a little corrosion on the reflector but that would be expected. It also has an extra unfired base with instructions. Absolutely beautiful . It was advertised as the best zar side.jpg (17574 bytes) lamp built and was certainly one of the best. Fredric E. Baldwin's pit lamp was a model for many lamps to come.

Rarity 5

Value $1680

Condition 10