Kaestner & Toebelmann PANZER-STURMTROTZ' - "LA CUIRASSEE"
'The Lighthouse won't go out'
This lantern came to me with 3 coats of paint and then covered it a heavy coat of thick lacquer. I believe the previous owner was going for the 'antique' look. It had been spray painted with the burner not aligned and was coated down inside the burner, which made this one of the more difficult lanterns to restore.
Underneath all of the paint was an amazing lantern that was in excellent condition. There were no pinholes or leaks in the lantern. The Lighthouse globe was matched up to this lantern due to an amazing amount of effort from another collector. Thanks K.B.!
This particular "La Cuirassee" was built before 1913. It can be dated because it has the aeration valve under the tank bottom. That valve is then connected to a tube which opens into the combustion chamber.
The wire guard (scissors guard) was patented in 1912.
CIRCA: Before 1913