There is already so much information available to collectors of American lanterns that I felt it would be redundant for me to highlight all the American lanterns that I have in my collection.


My Marswell Kerosene lantern, though, deserve a few words.


My first lantern was a Marswell Cold Blast no. 2.  A very long time ago, loggers/miner had made camp near John Day, Oregon and hung this lantern on a small Juniper tree.  When they left camp later on, they had forgotten it.  Over all the years, the Juniper tree grew very tall.  Then, a few years ago it was spotted up in the tree by loggers in the area.   They managed to cut it out of the tree and it came to be in my possession.  The 'fossilized' remnants of the leaves of the tree are forever embedded in the fount of the lantern.


I now own three, fully restored, Marswell Lanterns.  Given that I am originally from Minnesota and have long resided in Portland, Oregon, the Marswell Lantern takes on a special meaning.  *This first Marswell currently is at home hanging on the side of a Prairie Schooner.


Brief History of Marshall-Wells (Marswell)


1893—The Marshall-Wells Hardware Company is established when Albert Marshall, of Duluth, Minnesota, buys the Chapin-Wells Hardware Company, also of Duluth and gives the new business a new name. This is a wholesale company dealing in hardware, saddlery, paints, and mining and railroad supplies.


 In 1901, Marshall-Wells, a chain store from Minnesota, opened its west coast branch at SW 4th & Pine, Portland, Oregon. A second warehouse was built in 1910 where it still remains today and is a Historical Landmark.





Comments: 8
  • #8

    Mel-Owner (Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:44)

    Hi Carl,

    Can you use the main contact form and then we can see what you have?

  • #7

    Carl (Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:27)

    I have one for sale if you would like another it is complete glass is good

  • #6

    Mel-Owner (Sunday, 23 December 2018 08:42)

    Hi Jim, It's possible that a fuel cap from an Embury might fit. You can email me directly by using the main contact form. Then I can give you some more possible options.

  • #5

    James schwartz jr (Sunday, 23 December 2018 07:46)

    I have a Mars well 2 coldblast it has the cap missing on the kerosene resistor. Are there any replacements to be had? Thanks

  • #4

    Mel-Owner (Friday, 10 August 2018 13:47)

    You are very welcome Mark. If you would like to contact me directly, please use the CONTACT link (Lower left navigation bar). That way, I can email you back personally. I'd love to see your lantern.


  • #3

    Mark E. (Friday, 10 August 2018 13:10)

    Great. Thanks for the quick response!!

  • #2

    Mel-Owner (Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:53)

    Hi Mark,

    Yes, you can purchase a clear globe that will fit your Marswell lantern from Woody Kirkman. It won't be as heavy duty
    as the original, but it will work. Make sure you order the one that is totally clear and not marked Dietz on it. They are the same size, but you just don't want the word "Dietz" on your globe. Just my opinion. :)

    Here is the link to the main website:

    Here is the link to the globe you need to order:

    He has his own colored versions also:

    Let me know how it turns out!

  • #1

    Mark E. (Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:13)

    Hi there. My folks just gave us a Marswells no 2 cold shot lantern. Unfortunately, the globe is cracked and I’d like to replace it so the lantern could be used. Do you have any idea where I could purchase said globe?