Cat.# 1221, first metal model B metal lamp. Also the only
true model B oil pot
Cat. # 106, first model B table lamp
Initially the Model A burner was intended to be the American side draft burner and the model B was intend to be the side draft burner for the UK. Model B lamps were introduced in the UK in 1932. Americans found the model A burner difficult to re-wick and acceptance of the new burner was poor. So for the 1933 year the model B tooling came back to the US and the US model B lamps were born. The model A tooling went to the UK and the Model 14 "Super Aladdin" lamp was born.
The model B burner was used on a large variety of lamps between
1933 and 1955.
Model B burners, like its predecessors were manufactured
by Plume & Atwood in their plant in Connecticut. They
were marked Chicago because that is where the Aladdin headquarters
was located. When the headquarters was moved to Nashville
in 1949 the label on the wick adjuster knob was changed to
World war II saw the rationing of brass. Except for caboose
lamps, no metal lamps were made during 1943, 1944 and 1945.
The caboose fonts made during the war were of steel that was
galvanized then blackened. During this time Aladdin wick raisers, filler caps
and wick cleaners were steel as well. The burner remained
brass because the burner flow characteristics were carefully
designed to work with the thermal characteristics of brass.
There was a flood that devastated the Plume & Atwood
manufacturing plant in 1955. The flood destroyed
or washed away all the Aladdin tooling.
The last of the model B burner inventory was fitted to B-53
clear glass Lincoln drape table lamps and sold in 1955 until
the stock was depleted.
The model B burner is very highly respected. Considering
the decreasing demand for kerosene lighting, it is quite possible
that the model B burner would be in use today had the tooling
not been destroyed.
Chicago burner, 1933 - 1948
Nashville burner, 1949 - 1955
Cat.# B-53 that last version of model B lamp to be offered
Model B N0. B-101
The version with the most colour combinations - 15