Newbie--trying to date a Quicklite

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Newbie--trying to date a Quicklite

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My wife is a junker, and she came home with a Quicklite lantern (without a pump). As near as I'm able to tell, it has the original globe, with the single word "Coleman", looks like it's etched on. Generator has the loop in it. Under the "Sunshine of the Night" logo, there is a stamped 8, followed by a corroded space, followed by a 3. I know, not much help, right?

Anyhow, I am a newbie, and just trying to figure out what I have.
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Pics would really help
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If it has a green vent, March 1928. If nickel vent, august 1923.
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Rubing wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:43 pm Pics would really help
I would love to attach some pics, but I really have no cotton-pickin' idea how to do that. I know you are not your brother's keeper, but could you advise me?
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bugaboo wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:52 pm
Rubing wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:43 pm Pics would really help
I would love to attach some pics, but I really have no cotton-pickin' idea how to do that. I know you are not your brother's keeper, but could you advise me?
It’s complicated. Go to the technical assistance archive and look for the picture post. Wait! Go to the contact list one at the bottom of the home page.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi” for nothin’,if they did call me that.
Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41,
10/25, and 8/07
The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday” -A.A. Milne
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On a US Quicklite, those numbers mean March 1928. No pump means it's a 327 and you'll want to find a hand pump, shouldn't be too hard if you ask on the classifieds. This would have had a globe made of mica panels; glass would be a replacement.
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Gavercronos wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:07 pm On a US Quicklite, those numbers mean March 1928. No pump means it's a 327 and you'll want to find a hand pump, shouldn't be too hard if you ask on the classifieds. This would have had a globe made of mica panels; glass would be a replacement.
Yes, it is a replacement. I originally thought it might be original because of swirly patterns in the glass. I guess it's just old. I realized before you said anything, however, that there was no convenient way to get a match near the mantles.
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bugaboo wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:10 pm
Gavercronos wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:07 pm On a US Quicklite, those numbers mean March 1928. No pump means it's a 327 and you'll want to find a hand pump, shouldn't be too hard if you ask on the classifieds. This would have had a globe made of mica panels; glass would be a replacement.
Yes, it is a replacement. I originally thought it might be original because of swirly patterns in the glass. I guess it's just old. I realized before you said anything, however, that there was no convenient way to get a match near the mantles.
You must preheat the bottom of the genny loop with matches as well, that’s why the mica has a door.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi” for nothin’,if they did call me that.
Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41,
10/25, and 8/07
The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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No better way to jump into the Coleman game than with a Quicklite. Welcome aboard from SW Missouri!

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Here is a quick photo (hope this works):
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Try getting a photo of your date stamp. That appears earlier than 1928 by a couple years.
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1923... March.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi” for nothin’,if they did call me that.
Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41,
10/25, and 8/07
The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday” -A.A. Milne
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Nice one, I know your trying to date her...have you tried flowers ??

The globe is nice too, you said etched ?? Really nice. Also looks like the bottom plate may have been spared the disaster of having a big hole drilled in it to light the mantles
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Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:04 pm 1923... March.
Not sure they were dating lanterns in 1923.
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1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:09 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:04 pm 1923... March.
Not sure they were dating lanterns in 1923.
But they were dating lamps? 1928 had green vents.
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi” for nothin’,if they did call me that.
Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41,
10/25, and 8/07
The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing everyday” -A.A. Milne
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The bail ears look like a late model 327
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Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:14 pm
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:09 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:04 pm 1923... March.
Not sure they were dating lanterns in 1923.
But they were dating lamps? 1928 had green vents.
I just don’t remember lanterns being dated in March, 1923. I do reserve the right to blame it on my age though! 😁 Let me add that I wasn’t actually around in 1923! 🤣
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They weren’t dated until mid 1924. The frame sure resembles a later 427 frame.

From Terry Marsh’s site...

“Beginning in May, 1927, Coleman changed the design of the integral pump from built-on (above) to built-in, as on this lantern in Ron Becker’s collection. L427s built after this date all have the built-in pump.“
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Rubing wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:17 pm The bail ears look like a late model 327
25-27 if I remember correctly
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:21 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:14 pm
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:09 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:04 pm 1923... March.
Not sure they were dating lanterns in 1923.
But they were dating lamps? 1928 had green vents.
I just don’t remember lanterns being dated in March, 1923. I do reserve the right to blame it on my age though! 😁
September 1924 is the earliest known that I'm aware of. There are ways to determine relative date "if" they haven't been tampered with... Which is uncommon in of itself 😁
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Tgarner01 wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:30 pm
Rubing wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:17 pm The bail ears look like a late model 327
25-27 if I remember correctly
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:21 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:14 pm
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:09 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:04 pm 1923... March.
Not sure they were dating lanterns in 1923.
But they were dating lamps? 1928 had green vents.
I just don’t remember lanterns being dated in March, 1923. I do reserve the right to blame it on my age though! 😁
September 1924 is the earliest known that I'm aware of. There are ways to determine relative date "if" they haven't been tampered with... Which is uncommon in of itself 😁
Yea, I thought it was later ‘24 that lantern dating began. Just ribbing Levi a bit!
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Just be yourself! Some soft romantic music, turn the lights down low.
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1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:36 pm
Tgarner01 wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:30 pm
Rubing wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:17 pm The bail ears look like a late model 327
25-27 if I remember correctly
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:21 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:14 pm
1hpycmpr wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:09 pm
Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:04 pm 1923... March.
Not sure they were dating lanterns in 1923.
But they were dating lamps? 1928 had green vents.
I just don’t remember lanterns being dated in March, 1923. I do reserve the right to blame it on my age though! 😁
September 1924 is the earliest known that I'm aware of. There are ways to determine relative date "if" they haven't been tampered with... Which is uncommon in of itself 😁
Yea, I thought it was later ‘24 that lantern dating began. Just ribbing Levi a bit!
You guys are so nice
My friends don’t call me “Lantern/lampie Levi” for nothin’,if they did call me that.
Looking for bday lanterns 8/38, 8/41,
10/25, and 8/07
The biggest lie I tell myself is ”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
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That's a nice find no matter what the date. I like finding stuff with original mantles still intact. Have lit off several with the fuel that was in them. (Probably not the best idea, but I keep a metal trash can handy as a snuffer.)

Looks like an excellent candidate for a first fettle. Just go slowly and ask lots of questions. Loads of experienced restorers here to help.
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Thank you everyone for all the comments/advice/guidance.

Here is the truth of the matter: I have a couple of Colemans (200A, 242C) that I actually use to work outside. They are great lanterns, and I love them, but

a) I am not a "collector" of anything. I find that my life fills up with stuff (aka, "crap") too fast without actively collecting anything. And,
b) I already have too many "need to fix it" projects, including most recently a mid-1950s Dnepr Soviet motorcycle with a sidecar.

Just too much stuff to do. So, I am going to list this lantern over on the "classifieds" page as "free to good home", with cost of shipping to be negotiated. So, if anyone is interested in breathing new life into this old man, please toss your hat into the ring. First come...well, you know the rest.

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A very generous offer Bruce! Hopefully someone without a Quicklite can nab it up 👍
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