Stonebridge in 1906 and quickly became one of the most popular camping equipment items of the day. A number of camping how-to books and dozens of magazine articles recommended the Stonebridge lantern, which can be seen in old book illustrations and photographs of early campers.Some of the authors that specifically mentioned or recommended the Stonebridge lantern include – Stonebridge lanterns were produced in galvanized steel, solid brass and aluminum.The wind shield, designed to protect the candle flame in high wind, contained an opening for smoke to exit the lantern.The lantern windows were made of isinglass (thin sheets of mica), a material that is transparent rather than crystal clear.
Isinglass is somewhat flexible and more resistant to breakage than glass sheet but pressing on it too hard leaves whitish, cloudy spots that cannot be repaired. Surviving Stonebridge lanterns manufactured more than 100 years ago are regularly found with the isinglass windows fully intact.
However, the method used by Stonebridge to install the isinglass makes it nearly impossible to replace a window if damaged or missing.
Woodcraft author Stewart Edward White highly recommended the galvanized model while author Horace Kephart recommended the brass version.
Aluminum models were generally not recommended as the aluminum of the day was very soft and could not take the abuses of camping without soon being bent out of shape.
NOTE: This is a significantly revised version of a much earlier post published on 11/9/2010 that I have since deleted.
The Stonebridge Automatic Folding Candle Lantern was patented and manufactured by Charles H. Army issued Medical Corp lantern and field lantern in addition to being selected for use by the Canadian armed forces and the armies of several European nations.