SWISS ARMY KEROSENE LANTERN - DOCUMENTED IN THE SWISS ARMY MUSEUM CATALOG

SWISS ARMY KEROSENE LANTERN - UNKNOWN MAKER

 

This lantern is documented in the Swiss Army Museum Catalog (SAM).  It is interesting to note that in the document the maker is listed as 'SCHWALYN' (Chalwyn).  This is incorrect information and the mfg. has not been identified yet.

 

The construction and build of the lantern is indicative of lanterns made during the early 1920's. This has been dated at 1922. Most interesting detail on this lantern is the globe lift - tilt mechanism. Also, are the numerous rings on the globe cage. The lantern has the original special coating on it which was most likely applied for rust protection in the elements. The fuel cap is also attached with a chain. 

 

The burner is beautiful brass and in pristine condition. The wick driver - thumb driver is unmarked.

 

The globe that came with the lantern is most likely not original. It is a very old Jenaer (Jena) globe dated 1954-1958. The etching on the glass is very faint with not much left of the logo.

 

In the Swiss Army Museum document above (the image), this is the translation:

 

Description:

Carrying handle can be repositioned. Ring by the fireplace.

details:

Cover on the filler neck is secured with a chain.

Rotary lever for lifting the glass bulb.

Oval plugged protective grid (3-fold wire).

Color: plain tinned

Manufacturer: Schalwin

Year of construction: around 1922

Dimensions: Maximum height (folded over) 300 mm

Use All troops, stationary and wagons.

 

CIRCA: 1922

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