Offered for sale is a rare, early production Coleman nickel plated single mantle gas lantern, Model 242. The f ount is stamped with the manufacture date 3 2 for March, 1932. I have never found a 242 dated this early. Many times the date stamp is covered with galvanized dip, so it's nice to be able to confirm a production date.
Take note of the shallow dished area at the filler hole. Only the early versions of the 242 fount had this shallow area. Later production is the deeper dish that continued throughout the remainder of the 242 series production. This was the first model of Coleman's single mantle gas lanterns.
Collectors sometimes call this a 242NL (No Letter) to distinguish it from later models in the 242 series (242A, B, C etc). They are bright lanterns that run well with little maintenance. This lantern is in excellent condition and has been disassembled, cleaned and tested. The main valve, fuel/air tube, burner frame, pump and non-return valve (NRV) were removed from the fount and cleaned, the fuel cap gasket has been replaced, the pump leather was oiled, the pip in the NRV was replaced, and the nickel and brass parts have been hand polished.
The tank is clean inside. This lantern has been used, pumps up and holds pressure overnight.The nickel fount is in very good condition, with some minor scratches and dings, particularly near the bottom rim on each side. It still has a decent shine for being 87 years old. Please view all photos to confirm the condition. The original small brimmed vent has some chipping around the bail holes and minor pitting on both the top and the underside, but is solid.
The brass nut in the top of the threaded rod holder is a correct reproduction of the original, as is the post it threads into. The bail is the correct early "drooped" style.The burner frame is very clean and still has most of the nickel plating on the base. The air tubes show some wear and tool marks.
The burner cap is brass and appears to be nickel plated as is much of the valve body and fuel/air tube. The generator is clean and I believe it to be an older T-66 as the internal pricker rod is held captive inside the generator. Please see all the photos. The new mica shade is a correct reproduction, handcrafted by Fred Kuntz. Please refer to all the photos for further description.
This is a very nice early Model 242 for display in your collection. A great Holiday gift for yourself or your favorite collector! The item "Early Coleman Model 242 Single Mantle Gas Lantern Dated March 1932 Restored" is in sale since Sunday, December 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Camping & Hiking\Flashlights, Lanterns & Lights\Lanterns". The seller is "bazooka28" and is located in Portland, Oregon.This item can be shipped worldwide.