EGLOFF & CIE
HELVETIA LUFTSCHUTZ - ARMATURE
This very special and museum quality lantern is the crowning glory of my collection. Since owning my first Swiss Army Helvetia, I became aware of this style lantern which is in the Swiss Army Museum (SAM). To say it is rare is a gross understatement. The lantern was located in Bad Ragz, Switzerland and with great effort and the enormous help of a contact, I was able to purchase it for my collection.
The dimming hood is for Air raid Protection (basically a black out lantern). The function of the shade is against spotting light on the ground from planes. The protection cage was patented in 1937 in the Switzerland. Here is the translation of the text on the hood:
Luftschutz-Armatur = Air Protection Armature
Min. Aufhangehohe 1m = Suspension Height 1m
There was an epoxy or chemical spill on the front of the lantern. I decided to carefully remove it and then I matched the paint for that area. The lantern has 99.5% of it's original paint as it was very important to leave the lantern as you see. The burner is marked with Egloff & Cie's trademark as are my other Helvetia lanterns.You'll notice the two loops on the top of the lantern. Those are for the hood to attach to so that you can pick up the lantern and the hood stays in place. Inside the hood (see photo) are the side cage brackets that slide down onto the air tubes.
On the mechanical lift, it is marked with either a 'J' or 'P'. I do not know at this time what that means. Possibly a military marking for the part. The swiss cross with a 'T' in the middle is stamped on the bottom of the fuel tank.
The globe is a beautiful deep cobalt blue globe which is etched with (I believe) the Indifferent-Resistant logo which is associated with Egloff & Cie.
***THIS IS THE TRANSLATION OF THE 'S.A.M' DOCUMENT IN PHOTO NUMBER #1 IN THE GALLERY - THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN TEXT ON THE DIMMING HOOD*** MY LANTERN IS NOT THE LANTERN IN THE 'S.A.M.'
DOCUMENT; JUST SAME STYLE***
Kein Schutzgitter : NO PROTECTIVE GRID
Blaues Glas: BLUE GLASS
Durchmesser Vom Verdunkelungsteil 280mm: Diameter of the dimming part 280mm
um 1942: Around 1942
Zubehör: Kein : Accessories: NONE
Farbe: Schwarz: COLOR: BLACK
Maximale Hohe (Bügel Umgelegt) 500mm: Maximum height (strap folded) 500mm
Einsatz: Luftschutztruppen: Use: air raid troops
BESCHREIBUNG: Tragegriff Ringförmig Umlegbar. Gelenk-Hebevorrichtung: DESCRIPTION: Carrying handle, ring-shaped, Foldable. Joint-lifting device
Eingang in Sammlung: Entrance in summation
CIRCA: 1937 - 1942
Mel - Owner (Thursday, 19 August 2021 11:06)
I have been noting all of your comments on my Swiss Lanterns. Would you be so kind as to use the main contact form so that we can email each other? This section is for general comments only.
Daniel J (Thursday, 19 August 2021 10:17)
The character ol the lift of the lantern is a 'P'. This is a stamp of the Swiss army which marks the item as 'private ownership', not army ownership anymore. With the Swiss cross, the army took possesion and with the 'P' mark, it gave up (after having sold the item to a civilian person).
Mel - Owner (Wednesday, 27 January 2021 15:46)
Es könnte möglich sein. Bitte benutzen Sie das Hauptkontaktformular und dann können wir richtig kommunizieren.
Reto Rimann (Wednesday, 27 January 2021 12:53)
Kann diese Laterne gekauft werden?
norman warbreck (Thursday, 28 March 2019 05:40)
heres my email....noje27 (at) bluewin.ch
it is loaded under swiss collectibles
have a super week
Mel-Owner (Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:25)
I'd love to see your Helvetia. I need to have you use the main CONTACT form so that I can reply to an email address.
norman warbreck (Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:11)
was delighted in reading your story and that of the lamp you found. I have just found a similar one to yours with all intact. Some tiny rust spots. I was wondering whether i sshould brush this off or leave it in its original used condition.
Brock (Saturday, 09 December 2017 16:48)
I am in total awe.......