Vintage 1930s AutoLite Universal Lamp Co Miners 4" Carbide Mining Lantern Lamp

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Vintage 1930s AutoLite Universal Lamp Co Miners 4" Carbide Mining Lantern Lamp - Brass/Copper Color - Empty - Made in the USA - Springfield, IL

This is a vintage Guy's Dropper miners lantern lamp manufactured by the Universal Lamp Co. The body has developed a lovely patina over time, adding to its vintage charm.

This lantern was designed to be mounted on a miner's hardhat and powered by a carbide fuel source to produce a bright acetylene gas flame. While no longer functional as a light source, it makes for an incredible display piece or collector's item. The attention to detail and quality craftsmanship are evident in this well-made lantern.

Appears to be designed to be worn on the helmet or belt.

Approx. Dimensions: 4" T x 2-1/8" W x 3-1/2" D w/4" Reflector

Sold as is. No warranty from the seller. No Returns.

CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in Very Good condition overall for its age. Not tested. The lantern has various nicks, dents, scratches with some surface corrosion (on the reflector) and dust/dirt (see pictures). The unit could not be unscrewed to see inside the container, and I did not want to force it. Does not include the original box and does not include any user documentation. Please see all detailed images of this listing to know what you are purchasing!

Manufacturer Background:
The Universal Lamp Co. was a prominent manufacturer of carbide lamps and mining equipment in the early 20th century. Their "Guy's Dropper" model was a popular and well-regarded carbide lamp used extensively in mining operations. Universal Lamp Co. was known for producing high-quality, durable lamps designed for the harsh conditions of underground mining.

Release Date/Age:
This particular Guy's Dropper model was likely produced between the 1920s and 1940s, when carbide lamps were widely used in mines before being replaced by electric lamps. The design and construction suggest it dates back to the early-to-mid 20th century.

Source of product research for this listing was from and I cannot be sure that it is 100% accurate. I encourage you to confirm this information with your own research

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