Dating old coleman lanterns


20-Oct-2020 13:58

Like the 333, there is Turkish writing engraved on its fount, and this lantern is exceptionally rare.202 Ceramic burner The date of this 202 lantern, also known as "The Professional," has been obscured by tin plating, but the burner is ceramic, which indicates this was a first-version model from 1954.

The frame is stainless steel, but the fount is nickel-plated brass. Australian 249 Scout Coleman of Australia manufactured this 249 kerosene lantern, nicknamed the "Scout," in conjunction with Coleman Canada. This twin-mantle lantern is dated August 1957.200A Engbring Anniversary Special There is nothing unique about this 200A lantern, but it does hold sentimental value.

Selling from 1951 to 1983, this unit shipped in the millions.

The final 200 models and early 200As both had this same color scheme - a red ventilator top with a green-painted fount.

Canada Pacific Railway 247R This lantern was designed by Coleman Canada for use on railroads.

Christmas Lantern - 200 & 200A The 200A was the immediate follower to Coleman's 200 lantern, and was one of the most successful in the industry.

Prior to that, however, there are numerous lanterns without model ID stamped on the frame rest. Look on the very bottom of the fount for some numbers. To figure this out you'll need that number on the left and a model number.

Rather than building a flow-chart it will probably be easy to point you in the right direction to figure out what you have. If not there, you may find them stamped on the side of the fount. Once you have both of these numbers you can go to the International Coleman Collector's Club website Technical Information at is a chart shown there that will give you the spread of years that your lantern was made.

This aesthetic led to the nickname "Christmas Lantern" given by its collectors.

The main distinguishment of the two is that the 200A, pictured here, has a Coleman decal on its fount; the most significant change is that the fount of the 200A was steel as opposed to brass.

It went from Toronto to somewhere in Turkey, and eventually found its way to a seller in North Vietnam at the time of the Vietnam War.