The Canchester lamp company of Chicago Illinois is often
thought of as an Aladdin competitor. However, the beginnings
of Canchester predates the founding of Aladdin by a couple
David J. Canchester was president and general manager of the Canchester Incandescent Kerosene Light and Heat company of Chicago Ill. According to early records the company was established as an import and sales company. A Mr Alter was vice president and Mrs Ray F. Cassidy Secretary and treasurer of the company. David Canchester applied for a patent on his
incandescent mantle burner on 22 June 1906. The Canchester company contracted with Scovill manufacturing in Waterbury Connecticut to manufacture their burners.
In 1908 the Canchester Incandescent Kerosene Light and Heat company changed its name to the Canchester Light Company. The patent for the Canchester burner was
issued on 3 August 1909.
No. 929,752 for the Canchester burner.
According to Illinois Court proceedings Canchester employees made 3 large orders for burners in 1911, two of which were basically duplicates made in error. The duplicate orders were not canceled because the mistake was not noticed until Scovill made delivery of the second order and asked for payment for the second order before delivering the third order. Canchester paid for the first order but did not have the funds to pay for the second and third orders. Canchester owed Scovill $13,670.13 for the second and third orders. They could not raise the money to pay for the extra orders and went into voluntary bankruptcy in January 1912. Scovill of course sued for the money owed them. The Canchester incorporation papers limited officer liability to $5000 which was awarded by the court to Scovill. Scovill appealed and finally on 24 Oct 1916 the Illinois Supreme Court let stand lower court ruling. The end result was a warehouse with three large orders of Canchester burners, new in the box along with a large number of new chimneys. Today it is still common to see new in the box Canchester burners and new wrapped Canchester chimneys come up for sale.