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Isinglass is somewhat flexible and more resistant to breakage than glass sheet but pressing on it too hard leaves whitish, cloudy spots that cannot be repaired. Surviving Stonebridge lanterns manufactured more than 100 years ago are regularly found with the isinglass windows fully intact.
Of course, the most important feature was its ability to collapse into a flat, rectangular box that took up little space in the crate, pack or warbag.Stonebridge in 1906 and quickly became one of the most popular camping equipment items of the day. A number of camping how-to books and dozens of magazine articles recommended the Stonebridge lantern, which can be seen in old book illustrations and photographs of early campers.Some of the authors that specifically mentioned or recommended the Stonebridge lantern include – Stonebridge lanterns were produced in galvanized steel, solid brass and aluminum.Interestingly, Kephart’s own surviving lantern is an aluminum model. Courtesy of the Hunter Library Special Collections and the Mountain Heritage Center Special Exhibit: “Horace Kephart: Revealing An Enigma” The Stonebridge was an ingenious, feature-packed lantern.It had a flat, internal wind shield located beneath the peaked “roof” of the lantern.This side view of the genuine and replica lanterns shows the differences in the shape and design of the vent holes Still, despite these changes, the Stonebridge replica makes a great traditional camp lantern because it is sturdy, it is rustproof, it does not drip candle wax through the bottom, and the isinglass windows are mounted in such a that they can be replaced if need be.
However, while I’ve been entirely happy with my replica, I’ve wanted a vintage Stonebridge lantern after seeing a nice original example a couple of years ago.
Stamping on genuine lantern Stamping on replica lantern Because galvanized steel versions made up the bulk of the company’s lantern production, nice originals often come up for sale on e Bay, priced around $50-$100.00. The first one was out of my reach and the next one I bought. My example is in good condition considering it is aluminum.
Brass models must have been made in very small numbers as I’ve yet to see one. I can attest to the fact that the aluminum lanterns are very soft indeed.
Rather than choosing an original, I chose a rustproof solid brass replica from Lee Valley Tools of Ogdensburg, NY (no longer stocked).
It now appears that Garrett Wade is the only firm that carries it.
Unfolded: 4 1/4” wide, 4/3/8” deep, 6 1/8” high to the top of the peak of the “roof” and 12” including the extended wire bail.