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Posted 6 years ago


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Found this old lantern at a yard sale but can't find any info. on it. Believe to be an old barn lantern but not sure. Any help would be appreciated. On the base has raised lettering CONQUEST BUHL DETROIT USA Globe is in perfect condition with the words PRISCO N2O Any help with year or any info would on maker would be appreciated. Can send replies to

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  1. Bruno, 6 years ago
    It is, indeed, a "barn"-lantern, for lack of a better term. Time-period? 1910-to-30's, maybe???

    I have a BUHL-lantern much like this one, except mine is an "ECLIPSE"-model, and has a DIETZ 98-globe on it, instead. Otherwise, almost a perfect-copy of yours---and in equally-"distressed" condition!? The PRISCO N2O MAY-possibly refer to it's water/snow/storm-resistance??? Don't quote that as a fact, as it's only a guess.

    Mine is still quite functional, mostly for the retro-appeal of such, of course. Mine will burn brighter AND cleaner on K-1 Kero, but will burn quite well on #1 Diesel or Home Heating fuel, as well.(It will function with #2 Diesel, but using such tends to clog the wick, esp. in cold-temps.) It does NOT like quality lamp-oil, for some reason? Maybe burns TOO-fast/clean???

    Mine leaks around the bottom-seam of the tank a bit, but not enough to be dangerous. Just don't CLEAN-it off, or you WILL-have a literal-puddle, lol!

    I've had it for years-upon-years! I'm absolutely enhanced by it's engineering, and design, where the hollow-frame pre-heats the burner assy. Once the temp gets stabilized, it's the smoothest-burning lemon-yellow flame I've ever seen from a wick-fed burner!

    I, too, am curious about much the same-things about it as YOU are.

    I inherited mine for FREE---so, I'll bet I beat YOU on the price-paid, for sure.....!!!

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