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Bug / Insect Screens

Insect screens cover the top of the chimney  and protect the mantle from damage by flying insects that are attracted to light or flies when the lamp is not lit.

The earliest reference I have found for the bug screen is in a September 1916 wholesale price listing.  This implies that the bug screen was introduced during the last year the model 6 lamp was offered for sale in the US (undated, uninsulated burner).  There were at least 2 versions of the bug screen, one with vertical slots in the bottom ring and one without.  The one with slots (shown here) seems to be the later version.

The insect screen with the downward pointing fingers appears to have been introduced in 1928 along with the model 12 lamps. This insect screen appears on the 1944 price list but not the 1945 price list, implying that production was ceased to conserve brass for the war effort during late 1944 & 1945.  Actual production might have stopped earlier during the war and they may have just had an already built stock to sell during the war.

I believe this is the earliest version of the bug screen.  The bug screen shown above above with the slits in the base is likely the second version.  I think the slits were to help the mounting base of the bug screen to expand with the chimney under heat.   This would be correct for the model 6 with an undated uninsulated burner.   Possibly model 7 and 8 as well.  The ones with the slots in the side are a lot more common.  I'm guessing the version with the slits would be correct for models 9, 10 & 11 and possibly 7 & 8.   If anyone has better information I would appreciate a email.

Early bug screen box- high contrast for easier reading


Packaged for the UK market

The date of the name change from bug screen to insect screen seems to depend upon what source you are researching. The newest wholesale price list I have that says "bug screen" is 1949.  All previous wholesale price lists I have before then use the term "bug screen" (possibly because it fits the form line better?).  The retail "Aladdin Supplies and Extra parts" price list calls them bug screens on the 1943 list and insect screen on the 1944 list.  It is likely that the screens were always labeled and sold as insect screens for the UK market as that they were listed as insect screens in a 1935 UK price list and "bug" may not readily translate from American to UK English.  The new old stock screen above was most likely packaged for sale into the UK market.


Aladdin Australia offered the American Bug screen (Likely package labeled as insect screen) until 1926 when they introduced their own smaller bug screen that used a wire mesh for a screen. This bug screen was sold into the Australian market until it was replaced by the New style insect screen around 1950.

Aladdin Austrailia bug screen


In 1949 a number of changes were made in the Aladdin lamp product lineup.  One was the introduction of a new insect screen.  This new insect screen used a wire mesh much like the earlier Australian version.  The new version is wider and has internal fingers that allows it to fit chimneys with with greater variance in top diameter.

This new style insect screen was introduced the same time as the Nashville model 12 and B burners.  The screen can handle the high temperatures better than the earlier versions and is not prone to having the mesh burn away at the top centre.  This style was discontinued at the end of 2017, so is correct for Nashville model B lamps through early MAXbrite 500 lamp production.  The screen in the picture above was manufactured in the UK.  They may never have been made in the US.


New old style inset screen, introduced in 2004.  These are very similar to the insect screens made during the 1930's and 40's.  Sides stamped with "Aladdin".  Discontinued at end of 2017.

Model 23 insect screen with original box

Model 12 insect screen left, model 23 insect screen right

A comparison of the two insect screens.  While the construction is similar note that the new one is taller with additional metal added just below the perforated area providing space for the Aladdin name to be stamped on the side.  Also the model 23 insect screen comes in both brass and nickel plated.

 REPRODUCTION -    During 2003 B&P Lamp Supply started reproducing the insect screen with the finger clamps that are very similar to the new Aladdin insect screen shown above.  These reproductions are stamped with the B&P name.





Aladdin bug screen and smoke bell 2018


At the beginning of 2018 Aladdin combined their insect screen product and their smoke bell to produce a combined insect screen and smoke bell that slides onto the top of the chimney. This increases the safety factor for people who place table or shelf lamps higher up on a shelf. The label on the side reads"REQUIRES 24" CLEARANCE TO COMBUSTABLES" This of course makes 24" (2 feet) the closest distance from the top of the smoke bell to a ceiling..

For those of you who like to match lamps up with accessories that were available when the lamp was new, here is a chart with my best guess:

Lamp Model


Years of production

1-6 (#6 insulated undated burner & dated burners)



6 (uninsulated, undated burner ), 7, 8, 9, 10, 11(not 11 Sydney)

Early bug screen

1916 through 1927

12, A, B Chicago, 14

Early insect screen

1928 though 1948

11 & 12 Sydney, 16A & 16 B up through bakelite lamps without logo on filler cap.

Australian screen

1926 through around 1950

B Nashville, 16 bakelite lamps with Aladdin logo on filler cap, C, 21, 21C, 23, 23A

New style insect screen

1949 through 2003

Model 23, 23A manufactured 2004 and newer. Early MAXbrite

Model 23 old style insect screen

2004 through the end of 2017

MAXbrite, MAXbrite glass lamps with single thread collars.

Combined insect screen and smoke bell

2018 and newer.

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