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

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Vintage 1930s Miners Universal Lamp Co AutoLite 4" Carbide Mining Lantern Lamp - Brass/Copper Color - Empty

Up for sale is a vintage 1930s AutoLite 4" miners carbide lamp manufactured by the Universal Lamp Company of Chicago, Illinois. This lamp still displays its classic design and functionality and features the distinctive crowned top and urn-shaped design that was patented by Jacob S. Sherman in 1916. It has a water reservoir on top to drip water onto the calcium carbide in the base, producing acetylene gas to fuel the flame.

While showing wear from decades of use, the lamp retains its original charm and would make a great addition to any collection of mining memorabilia or antique lighting.

Key Specifications:
Manufacturer: Universal Lamp Company (Chicago, IL)
Model: AutoLite Miners Carbide Lamp

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

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

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

CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in Fair 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. There is a small hole in the bottom edge of the lantern leaking some dirt when shaken (see picture). Reflector is bent (see pictures). 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!

Short Background on Manufacturer:
The Universal Lamp Company was founded in 1913 by Jacob S. Sherman to produce his patented AutoLite carbide lamps. Sherman's 1916 patent defined the iconic crowned top and urn shape that became the signature design for all AutoLite lamps until production ended in 1960. The company was based in Chicago after moving from Staunton, Illinois in 1918.

Release Date/Age:
This particular AutoLite miners carbide lamp dates back to around the 1930s during the peak production years for the Universal Lamp Company's popular mining lamps.

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