Coleman Kero-Lite (Ker-O-Lite) Mantle Lamp, Model 160
The Coleman Kero-Lite lamp was Coleman's only non pressurized
kerosene mantle lamp sold in the U.S.
The lamp was introduced in 1939 and stayed
in production at least through WWII. Montgomery Wards
sold this lamp during the war years when they could no longer
get brass bodied Mantle lamps. They started listing the lamp
just before the start of WWII in their fall and winter 1941
The font is made of clear glass with a butterscotch off
white paint fired on. Care should be taken not to scratch
the paint. The lamp was available with an optional paper
shade shown near the bottom of the page.
The lamp came with a wick cleaner. Unfortunately I
do no have a picture of one yet.
Coleman literature refers to this lamp both as Kar-O-Lite
and Kero-Lite The marking on the lamp and parts
boxes are Kero-Lite.
The lamp was advertised as about 45 Candle Power with 9
to 12 hour burning capacity. (Montgomery Ward)
Here are pdf copies of Coleman Kero-Lite patents:
- Burner, U.S. Patent number
2,222,092 Issued Nov. 19, 1940 to
Hiram Strong for the Coleman Lamp and Stove company. Applied
for Feb. 6, 1939.
- Mantle Holder , U.S. patent number 2,235,240 Issued Mar. 18,
1941 to Hiram Strong, applied for May 31, 1939
- Mantle Bag , U.S. patent number 2,239,346 Issued April
22, 1941 to Hiram Strong, applied for May 27, 1939
listing from the Montgomery Ward 1943 - 1944 Fall and Winter
Also lists replacement parts for E&G lamps sold just before the war.
Instruction booklet for Coleman Kero-Lite lamps (pdf)
Kero-Lite burner with a correct
Kero-Lite mantle attached.
The Kero-Lite flame spreader is almost indistinguishable
from a Solar flame spreader even sitting side by side. Both
have a single vertical slot at the bottom (not shown). This
implies that an Aladdin model 6 generator will fit and function
properly on a Kero-Lite lamp.
The chimney for the Coleman Kero-Lite mantle lamp is unique
to this lamp. The chimney was advertised as a "snap-on"
safety chimney that can't topple off.
The chimney is 14 inches tall, 2-5/8 inches at the base
for about the bottom half inch or so then it tapers back
in where the gallery fingers rest on the chimney. This
forms a lock to help keep the chimney from slipping off the
gallery. The glass is thicker than most chimneys. An
interesting thing about this chimney is that it tapers outwards
slightly above the ball section.
There are new 14 inch tall 2-5/8
base dia ball chimneys on the market that can be used to burn
a Kero-Lite lamp.
A new Coleman Kero-Lite mounted wick
KER-O-LITE wick cleaner
The Kero-Lite mantle was available with or without the mantle
frame. The pictures below show three sides of the box for
the mounted mantle. Notice the rounded generous size
of the mantle. Usually the larger the mantle the brighter
the light it can give off.
The pictures below show the box that the unmounted mantle came
Other side of the can
The Kero-Lite lamp burns well with an Aladdin mantle bag
mounted onto a Kero-Lite frame. The trick is
to cut the frame away from the Aladdin mantle and mounting
the mantle on the Kero-Lite mantle frame without touching
the bag with your fingers.
The string is to suspend the mantle inside the cardboard can so that the mantle is not resting against the bottom of the can.
The cotton is to stabilize it inside the can so it does not swing side to side.
Optional Coleman Kero-Lite model 160 shade. This shade is
missing it's original upper cloth edging that
the lower edging
Picture courtesy of Ronnie Hardison
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