Merry Christmas to everyone. I haven't posted in awhile but see that everyone is doing well. Nice new BBS forum we have here. Thanks to both Frank and Murff for their hard work.
Anyway, I was talking to my good friend Don "The Junkman" Burchell the other day about check valves in the 243A's I was not that familiar with them and found one hanging in the garage. The fount had been repainted gold and the vent was chipped. After messing with the check valve for a bit Don told be these were originally a sort of Navy Blue color. I checked and the fount had been stripped prior to the gold paint, but did find that the vent is green. It has the small 24x's series fount with small filer cap and the typical frame. th4e frame rest says 243A. The vent had the same type of button on the top that fits into a hollowed out nut type of fitting on the top of the frame.
From the pics you can see it was made in December of 1940, the button in the vent and the model on the frame rest. Anyone have any suggestions as to what this is. The Green book says the 243A's were Blue. I can't find anything else that has a vent like this.
Lets see if this works;
Mike , in addition , the 243 never used that style of button or reciever to hold down the vent , only the 242 Jr. did . the 243 burner cage should be steel and not brass ( i cant tell what yours is ? ) , it apears to be two lanterns made into one . your lantern also shows the little Hex screw i have been querious about in another recent thread .
I also checked out the collections and saw the 242 Jr in Bob Meyers collection. I agree this lantern must be a combination of 2 or more lanterns. I plan on getting it cleaned up and working sometime. As beat up as it is it will probably be one of the better burning lanterns I have. My first refurb was an old beat up Christmas lantern found in a old barn. It still looks beat up but puts out some blinding light.
I have both a 243 and a 243A. They used hat shaped vents similar to a single mantle AGM. My 243 has the button on top of the burner like the 242. Well, I don't have a 242, but based on what Steve is saying it sounds similar. It is a hex head screw with a round (spherical) protrusion on top that fits through a hole in the vent. The vent just sits on it, the bail holds the vent in place. The 243A has a stud like the later 242C.
I'm too cheap to have a photobucket account, but shoot me an email and I'll send a picture. OBTW, the vent on the 243 is blue, same as the fount, and on the 243A the fount is the same color, but the vent is either black or very dark midnight blue. Hard to tell which. Very dark though.
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Dan, don't know if you are joking about being too cheap to have a photobucket account or not but I use the free version. It works fine. Jim
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