Center-draft Kerosene Lamps, 1884 - 1940, identifies over 165 brands of lamps and their manufacturers. The leaders, such as Bradley & Hubbard, Edward Miller, and Plume & Atwood, major manufacturers during the 1890s, are familiar names to collectors. However, Chicago Lamp, Craighead & Kintz, Hipwell Mfg., Meriden Bronze, Meyrose, Shaffer Lamp, and St. Louis Electric Co. also were important manufacturers of center-draft lamps found by collectors today. The book gives brief histories of 50 American companies, lists selected patents, and pictures representative lamps. Some 150 companies are linked in the book, beginning the exploration of the kerosene era of open-flame, center-draft lamps. 2008 values.
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J.W. 'Bill' Courter lives in western Kentucky where he enjoys gardening, grandkids, and great felines. He writes and published books about antique lighting: Aladdin: The Magic Name in Lamps, Aladdin Electric Lamps, The Aladdin Collectors Manuals, and Angle Lamps Collectors Manual & Price Guide. His newsletter for Aladdin collectors, The Mystic Light of the Aladdin Knights, is now in its 35th year. Bill is known to collectors as the Bright Knight.Review:
Center-Draft Kerosene Lamps, 1844-1940 is a grand volume than truly brightens the field for collectors. A major reason is its more than 1,700 illustrations, many of which are from vintage advertisements and catalogs. For the curious, the book offers history of 50 histories of once profitable and prolific companies. It also provides over 165 brands of lamps and their specific manufacturers. --Collector Books
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