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Scranto No 2 with Bail Patent Date Marking
  Scranto No 2 with Bail Marking.JPG - SCRANTO HAND LAMP WITH BAIL AND HOOK - Rare supt. style hand lamp, marked SCRANTO REGISTERED TRADE MARK on left top side and PATENTED SEPT 12-1911 and DEC 16-1913 on top right side, Scranto No. 2 VI style with slanted reflector and reflector support braces, butterfly handles and hook, bail and hook, all original except replacement gasket in NOS unfired condition, fabulous lamp, ex-Lindsay Martin collection; This lamp was rescued from a downtown silversmith shop in Lynchburg, VA in the early 1980s.  It is suspected the lamp may have been in the same building on a dusty shelf when it was a barber shop from the 1920s. (Lamps manufactured by the Scranton Acetylene Lamp Company of Scranton, PA are among the earliest mine carbide lamps.  As early as 1909, the Francis H. Coffin Co. began marketing the "Scranton" acetylene lamp, very scarce in any collection.  In 1911, the name was shortened to "Scranto" when the Scranton Acetylene Lamp Co. started manufacturing the lamps in both cap lamps and a superintendent's style lamp designated as No. 2 as shown here.  The superintendent's style lamp was available with or without the bail and hook.  While the first patent date refers to patent No. 1,002,890 filed by David A. Williams on July 2, 1909 (see patent in my cap lamp pics), this hand lamp closely follows patent No. 1,081,899 awarded to LLewellyn M. Evans of Scranton, PA on Dec. 16, 1913 and assigned to the Scranton Acetylene Lamp Co.  The Scranto lamps were manufactured by this company till 1916 when the American Safety Lamp and Supply Co. of Scranton bought the firm and continued to sell the lamps into the early 1920s.  The early Scarnton and Scranto lamps are thought to be the pattern for a number of similar lamps including those marketed by the  Abercrombie and Fitch Co., Hughes Bros. "Pathfinder" lamp, and the non-Justrite "Victor" lamp.  See Clemmer, American Miner's Carbide Lamps, pp 84-85.  For an excellent article on the various styles of Scranton and Scranto lamps, see Des Marais, Eureka #9, January 1994, pp 14-22)   
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Scranto No 2 with Bail Marking | SCRANTO HAND LAMP WITH BAIL AND HOOK - Rare supt. style hand lamp, marked SCRANTO REGISTERED TRADE MARK on left top side and PATENTED SEPT 12-1911 and DEC 16-1913 on top right side, Scranto No. 2 VI style with slanted reflector and reflector support braces, butterfly handles and hook, bail and hook, all original except replacement gasket in NOS unfired condition, fabulous lamp, ex-Lindsay Martin collection; This lamp was rescued from a downtown silversmith shop in Lynchburg, VA in the early 1980s. It is suspected the lamp may have been in the same building on a dusty shelf when it was a barber shop from the 1920s. (Lamps manufactured by the Scranton Acetylene Lamp Company of Scranton, PA are among the earliest mine carbide lamps. As early as 1909, the Francis H. Coffin Co. began marketing the "Scranton" acetylene lamp, very scarce in any collection. In 1911, the name was shortened to "Scranto" when the Scranton Acetylene Lamp Co. started manufacturing the lamps in both cap lamps and a superintendent's style lamp designated as No. 2 as shown here. The superintendent's style lamp was available with or without the bail and hook. While the first patent date refers to patent No. 1,002,890 filed by David A. Williams on July 2, 1909 (see patent in my cap lamp pics), this hand lamp closely follows patent No. 1,081,899 awarded to LLewellyn M. Evans of Scranton, PA on Dec. 16, 1913 and assigned to the Scranton Acetylene Lamp Co. The Scranto lamps were manufactured by this company till 1916 when the American Safety Lamp and Supply Co. of Scranton bought the firm and continued to sell the lamps into the early 1920s. The early Scarnton and Scranto lamps are thought to be the pattern for a number of similar lamps including those marketed by the Abercrombie and Fitch Co., Hughes Bros. "Pathfinder" lamp, and the non-Justrite "Victor" lamp. See Clemmer, American Miner's Carbide Lamps, pp 84-85. For an excellent article on the various styles of Scranton and Scranto lamps, see Des Marais, Eureka #9, January 1994, pp 14-22) Download Original Image
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