Wall Mount Brackets
Aladdin used a number of wall brackets over the years. It can
be difficult to tell which is which and which arm goes with
which wall mount. This page attempts to sort them out so you know which wall mount should be paired with which lamp. One important clue is the bottom ring of hanging lamp frames. The rings on the pre model 12 wall lamps mirror the rings on the hanging lamp for any texturing and the method of expanding.
My thanks to Jack Worthley and Ed Bauck for their help with pictures
and sorting out the brackets,
Model 1-4: Standard early wall piece:
embossed 6" font holder made of flat steel stamped with a pattern. The ring embossing pattern is the same as was used on the models 1 through most of model 4 hanging lamps.
Except for the stamped pattern on the hoop this is very similar
to the current model 23 deluxe wall bracket.
Model Late model 4, all model 5 & early 6: Nickel
or brass finish. The mounting bracket on model 4 hanging lamps was changed to this type of latch and no pattern late during model 4 production. Since the hoop on wall mounts match the hoops on hanging lamps I'm assuming the wall mount bracket changed at about the same time. This latch style was used in the early model 6 hangers as well. My guess is this bracket was sold from early 1913 through 1914 and maybe into early 1915. It would be would be correct for models 4, 5 and early 6 with the bottom drip plate held on with a screw and having an undated insulated burner.
uses the same arm and wall bracket as the earlier holder. The
hoop has been made expandable to allow table lamps to be wall mounted
(Some people could only afford one lamp and moved it about). The
plated steel hoop is plain without the earlier embossing and uses
the early Aladdin latch that has a check mark shaped slot in the
inner ring. The slot is not visible from the outside. The
key diagnostic for this is the expansion slot and latch.
LEFT: detail picture of the model 4, 5 & 6 wall bracket showing
the check mark shaped slot in the inner ring.
Ring on late model 4 narrow frame hanger, possibly early 1913
Ring on early model 6 hanger, 1914, possible into first half of 1915
Models 6 : Nickel
plated or brass. The steel hoop has been updated
to use the same expansion slot and latch as was used on Aladdin model 6 hanger (later versions) and models 9 through
11 hanging lamps. The wall bracket ring had no pattern, again following the hanging lamp ring style. I still need to get a good transition date
between this one and the earlier version.
Early model 7: This bracket was only in production for a short time because Aladdin quickly discovered that the ring was too light duty to support a full quart and a half lamp and the lamp shade. All model 7 & 8 wall lamps were sold with the glass shade. The weight will cause the steel ring to sag downwards and the rivets holding it to the arm stretched. This bracket was soon replaced with the much stronger cast bracket.
The pattern is the same as used on the hanging lamp bottom ring. The wall mounting bracket is the same as the model 6 bracket.
Model 7 & 8 Early on during model 7 production Aladdin introduced a cast bracket that was a lot stronger than the original model 7 wall mount. This cast wall mount is unique among pre model 12 lamps by being different from the hanging lamp mounting ring. It was offered for both model 7 and model 8 lamps.
Open Hoop: Cast iron
with a heavy brass coating. Open hoop 7 inches in diameter.
Bracket top view
This show the cast
pattern and the cross section
Pattern on the
stem. The post is 7/16 inch in diameter.
Wall bracket for model 7 & 8
cast wall hanger. Fits 7/16 inch diameter post.
Nickel plated only. Same as the later version of the model 6 wall mount bracket.
Early Model 12 Basket hanger:
1928 through 1931 (?)
The bracket is made out of plated stamped steel parts. The ring
locks the basket into place. This ring is also used on the four
post hanging lamp frame and on the bird cage floor lamp.
The model 12 hanger basket and ring were used to mount
the font lamp to the wall bracket, the four post hanger and
the bird cage floor lamps.
The base of the basket clamps between the burner and the
font. The wick adjuster arm and knob fits through the 'T''
that can be seen at the back of the basket. The flanges at
the top of the basket fit to to a corresponding thread at
the bottom of the basket.
A locking pin on the ring drops into the basket slot visible
along the inside basket top when the basket is rotated to
the locked position on the ring.
A glass shade was optional for the Aladdin model 12 wall bracket.
Four of these arms can be screwed to the ring to support a 10
inch glass shade. The wall hanger picture above shows the four
mounting slots at the top of the mounting ring.
Late Model 12, Early Model B Hoop:
1932 - 1934
This bracket first appears on the 1932 wholesale price list and
is referred to as a model 6 swing arm. The arm is identical to the one used earlier for models 6 (late) and 9 through
11 except for addition of two little stops on the rear of the arm
to prevent a shade from swinging into the wall and being knocked off.
Model B with Round Stem (0175, 0176):
This one appears to have been offered for sale only in 1935 so
is fairly rare.
0175 finish is light green with a nickel plated lamp ring
0175 finish is ivory white with a rose gold ring finish.
The arm and bracket were found separately and await refinishing.
Note the strong Nouveau influence in the design. I suspect
this is a one year bracket because tastes had changed and deco
style was more the rage. This is also Aladdin's first
wall bracket since the model 1 through4 bracket that could not accommodate a table lamp. They
still offered the late model 12 adjustable hoop bracket.
Model B Cast Stem, non Expandable Hoop (0177,
0188): This one looks to be 1936 through 1941.
Both wall bracket and arm are unique.
Ivory painted arm and bracket with nickel hoop.
0188 finish bronze
This bracket has a distinct deco influence and was in
production up until WW II.
Model B Stamped Steel (0179, 0180):
This one appears to be 1942 through 1946. I believe Ivory color
was available only in 1943 with the ivory alacite font ( see
page 254 of Aladdin the magic name in lamps). This is
the war years bracket.
0179 finish is nickel
0180 finish is bronze
Model B & Newer Stamped Steel (0190 & 0191):
In production from 1947 through today. # 0190 model B ivory finish.
# 0191 model B nickel finish. #N118N is silver paint.
# N118B is the bracket in brass plating. This would be the correct
bracket for a model B font lamp that came with a Nashville B
burner and any newer font lamps..
Model 21:Finish Nickel. This
may have been only offered for sale in the UK and appears to be fairly rare.
Texture on rim is reflection. Finish is smooth
Model 23, Cast Stem, non Adjustable Hoop: Wall
bracket and arm are a copy of the design used for model 1-6 and
9-11 wall mounts. The plated steel hoop is plain and not adjustable.
This version was first put into production by the American Lamp
Supply company. When American Lamp Supply
merged with Aladdin, the bracket continued production as a
genuine Aladdin wall mount. Early versions used casting
molds that poorly reproduced the bracket and arm pattern. It
is my understanding that the newer wall mounts use better castings.
This is very close to the bracket used on the Practicus, the
very first lamp sold by Aladdin. It is quite possible to
confuse the brackets manufactured in the 1906, 1907 time frame
with these new brackets.
#152-4B, brass finish. Wall plate is Aladdin # 153-1RB.
Also available in nickel plate as shown below.
A comparison between an old bracket arm (top) and new arm (bottom)
Early bracket left, new bracket right. The old bracket was polished
better prior to plating. The real difference is the flower detail.
Otherwise the new wall bracket is an acceptable substitute for
all but a specimen lamp. I have heard that the wall bracket
tooling has been remade to be closer to the original.