FEUERHAND Nr. 270 - EXPORT TO INDIA
This lantern was, most likely, a special presentation piece to the business owner in India who imported the Feuerhand Lanterns as indicated on the badge. It reads:
'FOR MR. SARAT CHANDRA DASS, CALCUTTA'
The fuel cap threads are brass and so is part of the finger lifter on the top chimney. Most interesting is that there is a 3 piece glass ring which surrounds the top of the burner cone. With many thanks to Henk Kloosterman, I was informed that the glass rings were mirrored at one time which would make the lantern flame brighter. After all these years, the silvering (the mirror) is gone.
I have arranged, side by side, the Feuerhand Nr. 270 - export to the USA and then the Feuerhand Nr. 270 - export to India. Major differences in the construction of the air tubes, the size of the fuel cap, the chimney vents and then the glass near the burner.
The blue globe is a rare 'WIZARD' globe. It has the religious (Hindu?) symbol of Good Luck on the globe. *Not to be confused with a 'Little Wizard' globe. It is impossible to say if this globe is original to the lantern, but it might be a safe assumption given that it is a presentation lantern.
An amusing note on this lantern is that there were five (5) wicks inside the fuel tank. The wick that was installed in the burner is far too long and appears never used.
CIRCA: Pre - 1938