Lantern Chimneys and Globes


There are a variety of Globes and Chimneys which leads people to collect them

As I’ve acquired more lanterns, I discovered that not all of the globes are original to the lantern. Some got broken and needed replacing . . . go figure. Most of the time I don’t care, however, for certain older models, I’d like to install what was original if reasonable, that is, an original type, because as the years go by there are fewer and fewer originals left. The ICCC (International Coleman Collector’s Club) has a list of years of Coleman globe dates, and some photos to go with the list, so my intention here is to document what I have for my own reference when I’m out and about, therefore, this is by no means a comprehensive list. If I have a post on my blog about a particular lantern, I’ve included a link for it, too.

Globes or chimneys?

I’m not sure where the use of the word chimney came from, but I suspect that it had something to do with the shape of a stove pipe. Early lantern globes/chimneys had straight-up vertical designs, so the use of the word “globe” probably didn’t make sense, and it probably didn’t occur to anyone to call them “globe”. In the early-to-mid 1930’s some single-mantle lanterns began using a globe-shaped glass design and I suspect that this is where the name “globe” came from and was eventually adopted for all lanterns regardless of shape. So, as far as I can tell the two terms can be used interchangeably if referring to a vertically straight globe, but for bulge-shaped globes these are never called chimneys.


The two on the left are glass and the two on the right are mica


Mica or Glass?

Shown in the previous photo the two globes on the left are glass, while the two on the right are mica. Initially, the chimney was made of mica sheets encased in a metal frame. This seems to be the norm until the early 1930’s when glass chimneys began to be used.

Mica Chimneys

I have 4 mica chimneys. Only one is an original while the other three are recent reproductions. Mica is pretty fragile, however, when broken it doesn’t create sharp shards which is true of the glass type. In the photo of the mica chimney group, the one on the left is an original (as far as I know) used on a 1934 Coleman No. 130 table lamp. Note the three hooks at the top which attach it to a parchment lamp shade. The other three in order from left to right are for, 1) 1937 Coleman 243A, 2) 1937 Preway (Wards) and 3) 1930 Coleman 427 lanterns.  The Preway lantern used a mica chimney with a clear door, while my Coleman 427 used one with a metal door. The doors are lifted open to provide access for lighting with a match.


Four mica chimneys, l to r, lamp, Coleman 243A, Preway, Coleman 427


Glass Chimney/Globes for Two-mantle Lanterns of 220/228 type

Here, I’ll the call the straight-up vertical globes “chimneys” because the Coleman lantern models which used them (427, 220 and 228) were first introduced in the 1920’s and initially used the mica chimney.


Typical example of a two-mantle lantern glass chimney (globe)

For the lanterns I have which originally used the glass chimney, I have 5 different variations. Since lanterns were used for camping many of mine don’t appear to have the original chimney as noted earlier. Collectors have done a pretty good job determining the dates for the various chimneys by examining the design on the chimney.


The glass chimneys were not all clear either. They were also made in amber and red and possibly other colors. I happen to have one amber chimney.


Typical two-mantle lantern amber glass chimney (globe)


Large Bulge Globe

I also have a large bulged globe which came with my Coleman 290 lantern that I bought new in 1987. It seems to be the same type of globe used on some Canadian lanterns like the 236 and 237, but I’m not sure since I don’t have any of those. I do know that I can replace the large bulge globe on my 290 with a standard 220/228 globe and it fits properly.


This large bulge globe came on my 1987, 290 lantern


Glass Globes for Single-mantle Lanterns of type 242, 200A, 202


Typical single-mantle glass globe for models such as 200A, 242B and 202 lanterns

Most liquid fuel single-mantle lanterns seem to have used the bulged glass globe. My only exception is the Coleman 243A from the late 1930’s. This was a cheaper lantern, with a painted fount, as compared to my nickel-plated 242B made in the same year. The globe with the line under the “Coleman” print is from my 1957 202 and I believe it is original for that lantern. This globe has a #550 designation by Coleman.



Like the two-mantle chimneys, single-mantle globes also could be purchased in amber or red. I happen to have one red globe.


Typical example of a #550 red globe. I can swap it out on my other similarly sized lanterns


Glass Chimney for Aida Lantern

I only have one European lantern (not for lack of trying), and it is a 1965 Aida Express 1500 lantern made in Germany. It’s a kerosene lantern and it is really bright . . . and hot. I have what I believe is the original chimney for this lantern, however, the glass is rippled in one spot, demonstrating just how hot it can get if there is a hole in the mantle, which is how I think this happened.


I believe this is the original chimney from my 1965 Aida lantern


Backpacking Lanterns

I have some backpacking lanterns which use a very small globe. Yep, I’ll call these “globes” even though most are straight because they were introduced in the late 1970’s and I think most everyone called them globes by then. I also have one propane/butane canister lantern, Model 3112, which is even smaller and uses a globe that is much different from other Coleman lanterns. I believe that the design is of European origins. In fact, the lantern states that it was made in the U.K.

The little liquid fuel lanterns have a pretty intense light so they came in clear and several patterns. I have two of the patterns which some people call a picket fence design, and the other is horizontal bars with diagonal lines. I’ve seen other patterns as well, but these are all I have. It seems like the early models, such as the 222, 222A and 222B came with the clear globes and then the 226, 229 and 3022 came with some sort of pattern. They also seem to be dated with month and year.


The 3112 backpacking lantern I have is a Peak 1 lantern and is marked as such. It doesn’t have any other markings that I can see.


This really small globe is from my 3112 canister lantern


Small Straight-sided Globes

I have one newer lantern which uses a smaller straight globe. It’s a propane lantern, though the replacement number on the glass says it’s a 214. The 214 is a kerosene lantern, so it must be a model which is/was used for a variety of lanterns.


Typical example of a smaller straight-side globe used on propane and kerosene lanterns

A Fun Project (Custom etched globe)

Just for fun, I created a stencil to etch a custom globe for a friend with a propane lantern which uses this 214-style globe. He has a family crest which we scanned and then printed on vinyl similar to what I did for the Coleman Model 2 stencil. At first we tried to use Armour Etch cream but it wouldn’t make a scratch in the globe I bought from American Mantle, so I bead-blasted it instead. That worked nicely. It was just a fine etch, basically frosting the glass.


Custom globe created for a friend


Tapered Globes

In the mid-1970’s Coleman introduced some two-mantle lanterns with tapered glass globes. There was a liquid fuel model called the 275 and a propane model designated the 5114. I believe the original 275 came with the picket fence globe and possibly the propane model came with the clear globe. It appears that the replacements were clear, so one of my 275 lanterns also has a clear globe.


Well, that summarizes my lantern globes. If you’ve never thought about lantern globes maybe this will be a good introduction. If you have questions about globes or chimneys and can’t find the information you need at the ICCC site, check out Classic Pressure Lamps or Coleman Collectors Forum and post your question there.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

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