TeriAnn's Guide to Aladdin Mantle Lamps

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Beacon (Home Supply Company)

(1910 - 1924)

 

Beacon table lamp
Beacon Model 4 table lamp

 

The Home Supply Company of Kansas City, Mo. was formed in 1910 by John E. Baldery. Mr. Baldrey had been the Secretary and Treasurer of People's Supply Company for at least a decade prior to founding the Home Supply Company. He died in 1930.

The company purchased side draft burners and complete lamps from Plume & Atwood and used independent sales agents to sell both burners and complete lamps throughout North America. In 1924 the Home Supply Company merged with the Solar lamp company.

The side draft burners were of offered as upgrades for flat wick lamps. The burners fit standard #3 lamp collars and with an adapter would fit standard #2 lamp collars. Being a side draft burner the Beacon burner would not fit on centre draft lamps.

Beacon Lamp wick adjustment knob
The Home Supply Co. used the same wick adjustment knob for all their models of lamps

 

Documents:

 

Beacon lamp ad
January 1915 ad in the Eugene Register-Guard

The Home Supply Company used independent sales agents to retail their products. Each sales agent had their own exclusive sales region and were free to place their own ads for Beacon lamps and burners.

The Home Supply Company also produced their own ads for nationwide distribution. Home Supply outsourced their advertising to the Horn-Baker Advertising Co of Kansas City.

 

Beacon model 1 mantle lamps

(1910 - 1912)

Beacon model 1 mantle lamp Beacon model 1 fount lamp

 

 

Beacon model 2 table lamp

(1912 - 1913)

Beacon model 2 tabe lamp
Beacon model 2

 

The Beacon model 2 was in production for only a single lamp selling season before it was replaced by a burner that used the new KoneKap mantle in mid 1913.

The Beacon model 2 used an entirely new side draft burner and continued using the Cap mantle. This burner design was patented by Plume & Atwood ( 1044961 ) in 1912 and appeared under multiple brand names including Sunbeam and Lumineer.

One thing interesting about this lamp is that it uses the 1-1/2 quart bowl with fancy foot Plume and Atwood table fount. Normally Beacon table lamps are found with the P&A 1-1/2 quart bowl and plain foot design.

 

Beacon model 4 mantle lamps

Beacon model 4 table lamp Beacon model 4 fount lamp

I'm not sure what a model 3 Beacon lamp is or if there even was a model 3 Beacon lamp. There are lamps that have a burner gallery labeled" PAT. APP. FOR" and lamps with the burner gallery labeled "MODEL No. 4 followed by patent dates. If there is a Beacon model 3 it might be the lamp with the gallery marked "PAT. APP. FOR" The Beacon model 2 and model 4 burners appear identical except for the gallery.

 

 

Beacon oilpot lamp
Late Beacon oil pot lamp

The beacon oil pot lamp is made by Plume and Atwood, the same company that made the Aladdin lamps.  The oil pot font used for this lamp is the same as was used for the Aladdin model 1 through model 6 lamps but without the centre draft tube used by the Aladdin lamps.

Oil pot lamps were intended to fit inside an lamp body, such as a vase lamp, gone with the wind style lamp or a hanging lamp body.  They made a nice upgrade over round or flat wick oil pots providing a lot more light using less kerosene. This lamp has the Beacon model 4 burner.

Beacon oilpot bottom
Beacon lamp with unknown font

Possible model 5 mantle lamp or Special version sold through a department store chain?

This is a late beacon burner on an unidentified nickel plated brass font. The burner appears to have been on the font for a long time and the 2 have been used together. This 1-1/2 qt capacity font does not share any parts in common with any of the traditional American companies that manufacture brass fonts for mantle lamps. So far I only know of two examples of this lamp. One is in my collection and the other is in Bill Courter's collection. Chain stores prefer to have unique lamps to sell. Montgomery Wards and Sears are good examples. It is possible that a third store chain combined a late Beacon burner with their own specially manufactured font to create their own unique lamp to offer for sale. We will likely never know.

 

Beacon Model 1 burner

Beacon model 1 burner expanded view

"PAT. APP. FOR" is stamped at the base of the burner but a patented search has failed to locate a patent that covers this burner. This burner was manufactured by Plume & Atwood and may be the first side draft burner designed within the United States. Plume & Atwood sold this burner to multiple companies.

 

early Beacon burner outer wick tube diagonal view Early Beacon burner outer wick tube and air diffuser
Early Beacon burner bottom view

Outer wick tube and air diffuser

The Beacon model 1 air diffuser is one piece and fitted to the outer wick tube before the tube's top flange is assembled onto the tube. Note the 2 pins at the bottom of the outer wick tube. The outer wick tube is attached to the burner base in a bayonet style.

Early Beacon burner base diagonal view Early Beacon burner base
Early Beacon burner base undersaide view

Burner base

The Beacon model 1 burner base is designed to use a flat wick. The rectangular hole on the bottom is for the wick holder which fits from the top.

 

Beacon lamp wick
The early Beacon mantle lamp used a flat wick with the top section sewn together.

Beacon lamp wick holder
Wick holder for all models of Beacon mantle lamps. The wick holder mounts from the top of the burner with the cylinder at the top. The bottom flange is usually bent over to keep the wick from accidentally being adjusted past the gears.

 

 

Model 2 - 4 Beacon mantle lamp burners

Late Beacon burner exploded view

This burner design was patented by Plume & Atwood ( 1044961 ) in 1912. The only difference I could find between the model 2 and model 4 burner is the gallery. I'm not sure if the Beacon model 3 burner exists as I can not find it in the literature nor as a label on any lamp I have found.

 

Beacon model 4 burner base Beacon models 2 - 4 outer wick tube

Outer wick tube for the Beacon models 2 - 4 burner

 

 

 

Beacon lamp galleries

Beacon model 1 gallery
Cap mantle
no markings

Beacon model 2 gallery
Cap mantle
marked "Model - No. 2" inside a box."

Beacon model 3 gallery
KoneKap mantle
marked "PATENTS APPLIED FOR"

Beacon model 4 gallery
KoneKap mantle
Marked "Model 4 PAT. USA, Mar. 14, 11 Apr 4,11 ... Canada Jan 10,11 ... Belgium Sept 1, 10 ... France Oct 28, 10 Other pats. pending"

Beacon mantl lamp gallery

The Beacon model 1 gallery is identical to the Aladdin model 2 gallery except that the locking flanges along the base of the Beacon gallery are much smaller that the locking flanges on the Aladdin Gallery.

 

 

BEACON flame spreader for the Beacon model 1 burner
Flame spreader used on the Beacon model 1burner

Beacon lamp flame spreader

Flame spreader used on Beacon model 2 and newer burners

 

Beacon lamp Chimney

Beacon mantle lamp chimney logo

The Beacon lamps used the same chimney as the early Aladdin lamps only with the Beacon logo stamped in white ink near the top of the chimney.

Beacon also offered a high altitude chimney that is 16 inches tall. The logo to the left is on a high altitude chimney.

 

Hangers and brackets

The Beacon lamps used the same ceiling fixtures and shades as the Aladdin model 2 through 4 lamps. They also used the same wall mounting brackets as the Aladdin model 1 through 4 lamps.

Aladdin model 1  hanging lamp
Beacon hanging lamps used the same hanger and shade as this early Aladdin lamp

Beacon wall mount bracket

 

 

Beacon Mantles

Beacon mantle box Beacon mantle box rear view

Beacon mantle and box

 

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