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Daylite Model 8

Introduced in 1916

Daylite mantle lamps letterhead

Daylite lamp with correct shade

Daylight company of Chicago was founded by four Aladdin employees ( Robert W. Buettner, Theodore. H. French, J. F. Novey and Harry G. Weaver) who left The Mantle Lamp Company to create their own company. The offices were at 537 Daylite Building, Chicago, Illinois.

They worked with the Edward Miller & CO Mantle Lamp Department to create a mantle lamp based upon the Miller mantle lamp fonts, gallery and burner basket. The Daylite design differed from the other lamps manufactured by Miller in that the upper inner wick tube was part of the burner and not just the upper part of the centre draft tube. This solved a couple problems that typically appeared during the use of centre draft lamps. Most noticeable was the removable inner wick tube made the installation of a new wick much easier. Also, the heavier solids in Kerosene tended to stick the wick to the wick tubes over time making it harder to adjust the wick. A removable inner wick tube allowed the user easy access to the tubes for cleaning. Anyone who had to deal with a sticking hard to adjust wick would love this feature.

Daylite burner patent 1193134

The Daylite Company had an interesting history with the Mantle Lamp Company (Aladdin). First the Daylite Company was formed by Aladdin employees who had a revolutionary new idea for a removable inner wick tube which made changing wicks much easier. Then Aladdin sued the Daylite Company for stealing a confidential client list. During the court proceedings it was brought out that the list in question had previously been given freely to other companies by Aladdin so was in the public domain. When the Daylite Company ceased operations Aladdin agreed to provide supplies to support the DayLite dealer chain and customers. The Daylite Lamp Company ended up giving their client list to Aladdin. Aladdin supplied Daylite dealers and customers with Cap mantles, chimneys, model 6 flame spreaders, model 6 mounted wicks and the #301 glass shade. All of which are functional replacements for the corresponding Daylight supplies and can still be used today to burn a Daylite lamp.

As it turns out the Aladdin model 6 gallery can also be used on the Daylite lamp letting the lamp be used with the more common KoneKap mantle. If you add the Aladdin KoneKap to Lox-On mantle adapter you can burn DayLite lamps with Lox-On mantles.

Daylite lamp wick adjusting knob

Ad for sales agents from December 1917 issue of Popular Science

Ad for Daylite lamp sales agents

Foot of Daylite table lamp
With the exception of the Sundart lamp all the table mantle lamps made by the Miller Mantle Lamp Department all share this distinctive foot.

Underside of Datlite table lamp



Daylite fount lamp
Daylite Fount lamp

Daylite lamp fount without burner
Daylite Fount is easily identified with its short centre draft tube and bayonet burner attachment insert


Daylite lamp blttom skirt
Bottom skirt on the Daylite fount lamp. Miller adapted their standard fount lamp for use with a mantle burner that uses a narrower diameter centre draft tube.


Daylite fount bottom skirt
Drip plate for fount lamp Top side of drip plate

Drip plate for Daylite fount lamp


Daylite oil pot lamp

Oil pot lamp

Between around 1890 and 1915 glass lamps that were holders for oil pot lamps such as the "gone with the wind" lamps, vase lamps, and fancy parlor hanging lamps became very popular among the expanding American middle class. These lamps came with a standard size oil pot lamp fitted with a round wick burner. When fitted to the lamp only the top part above the chime ridge was visible. Makers of mantle lamps offered mantle lamp oil pots as a lighting upgrade to those lamps.

Mantle lamps manufactured by the Miller Mantle Lamp Department offered this version based upon the tooling used for the Miller round wick oil pot lamps.


Bare Daylite burner base
Note the bayonet fitting and the cage at the base of the burner basket. The cage holds the inner wick tube firmly centered inside the burner base.

The Daylite burner is unique among the burners manufactured by the Miller Mantle Lamp Department in that the upper inner draft tube was part of the burner. Traditionally a centre draft lamp had a single long inner draft tube that was only anchored at the base of the tube. The problem with this is that the inner draft tube was easily bent out of alignment with the outer wick tube. If the inner and outer tubes were out of alignment one side of the wick would be pinched. This made for more resistance to adjusting the wick and inhibited free flow of kerosene up that part of the wick. This produced an uneven flame which produced an uneven glow of the mantle and led to mantles sooting up.

By making the inner tube part of the burner the inner and outer tubes were kept in better alignment. Aladdin made the upper inner wick tube part of the burner starting with the model 7 burner.


Daylite burner inner wick tube

The inner wick tube is removable making changing the wick a very easy task. It also allowed for very easy cleaning in case there was a kerosene solids build up along the wick. The threaded ring anchors the inner tube to the base of the burner. Unfortunately this ring is frequently lost.

Daylite burner patent date
Daylite burner patent date: August 1, 1916 patent number 1193134 assigned to T. H. French. The application was filed May 19, 1916

Daylite lamp gears for adjusting wick

The wick adjustment gearing is simple yet effective. The gear on the wick adjustment shaft meshes against the rack gear on the wick holder to raise and lower the wick holder. The 'J' shaped part holds the rack gear against the wick adjuster gear.


Daylite burner outer wick tubes
The top flange on the outer wick tube on the left has been removed.

Daylite burner air diffuser screen

There are at least two versions of outer wick tubes used on the Daylite lamp burners. The top left outer wick tube is smooth except for 2 rings embossed on the side. The two outer wick tubes on the right have a pair of sheet metal flanges added. This configuration is very similar to the Aladdin model 6 uninsulated burner's outer wick tube that was in production in the same time period.

Some Daylite burners are found with an air diffuser. The air diffuser fits the burner above left but not the burner on the left above.



Daylite mantle lamps flame spreader

Daylite lamp flame spreader



gallery side view Gallery top view
gallery bottom view

The gallery used on the Daylite lamps is the common gallery shared among most of the mantle lamps manufactured by Edward Miller & CO. These gallerys used the then common cap mantle.


Filler cap used on the Miller mantle lamps

The Daylite lamp used the same filler cap as the other mantle lamps manufactured by the Edward Miller mantle Lamp Department. Note the centre hole. This was used to allow air into the bowl to equalize air pressure then the kerosene level dropped as the lamp was burning. Without the hole the lamp would self extinguish as a vacuum built up inside the bowl.


DayLite lamp wick and holder
Mounted wick and wick holder for the Daylite lamp.
An Aladdin model 6 mounted wick will work on the Daylite lamp.

Daylite lamp wick holder



German cap mantle used on early miller mantle lamps

Mantle lamps manufactured by Edward Miller & CO used a Cap mantle manufactured and imported from Germany between 1909 and 1914 when WWI started.

The frame consisted of a brass cone with a nickel steel or porcelain coated wire. They claimed that their cap mantle would fit any lamp that used cap mantles.

Daylite glass shade
This is the optional glass shade for the Daylite table lamp. It takes a 10 inch fitter.

Daylite glass shade second panel

Wall mount bracket for Daylite fount lamp

Daylite wall mount bracket
Wall mounting bracket sold by Miller for use with the Miller Mantle Lamp Department manufactured fount lamps.

Wall mount arm for Daylite font lamp




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