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This is a Coleman Model L427 dated December 1929 and is quoted from Terry Marsh's collection with his permission. The comment below is from Terry.
The lantern has an original mica globe in very nice condition with Coleman in black letters on a bottom panel, an R55 generator, an unusual fuel filler cap and ball nut, and three notches in the fount rim below the Coleman logo. On the bottom of the fount is stenciled SISKIYO DIST in red paint with a large black number 5 also on the bottom. The sides of the fount were originally painted with red enamel but this is almost entirely worn off. I learned the following from the archeologist/historian for the Siskiyou National Forest in southwestern Oregon : "Each Nat'l Forest is divided into several ranger districts. The information stamped on the base of your lantern almost certain should be read to mean this----Siskiyou (the name of the Forest), District #5 (which was indeed the Port Orford/Powers Ranger District; each district on a forest is also known by a number)." So this lantern was used by the Forest Service probably before Coleman made a contract from 1931 to produce exclusive lanterns for the United States Forest Service.
Thanks Terry.
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