Aladdin Metal Table Lamps

 The Aladdin metal table lamps were the beginning of the great era of Aladdin. In 1908 sales began with the Practicus(also spelled Praktus) table lamp. This lamp was not manufactured in America but was imported from Germany. The Mantle Lamp Company sold the the No. 2 and No.3 Practicus lamps. The No.3 Practicus is shown in sales literature and has a "snowflake" emblem on the wick-raiser knob.

 Following the sales of the Practicus, lamps were marketed by model numbers, and between May of 1909 and April of 1935, twelve different models were sold. The brass lamps(lamp,bowl and burner) for models 1 through 12, and the burners for Nu-Type A, Nu-Type B, and C were made by Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company (P&A) of Waterbury, Connecticut. Beginning with Model 5, the model number or letter was placed on the wick-raiser knob of Aladdin lamps. The model number also appears on the flame spreader for models 4 through 11.

 Below is a sampling of the Aladdin metal table lamps made in this period. I have not chosen to go into detail on these lamps but if you would like to pursue information on the different models you may obtain both the latest book by Mr. J.W. Courter "Aladdin, the Magic Name in Lamps" and his "Aladdin Collectors Manual & Price Guide #21" from the Aladdin Knights home page. It contains in depth information on all Aladdin lamps and can provide details far beyond my limited knowledge.

 The Aladdin lamps shown below are those that you will most often happen across in your search for lamps. They are meant to show a cross section of the metal table lamps for your enjoyment. Just remember the model number will be on the wick-raiser knob, and flame spreader, of most metal lamps. Make sure the two match if you want a complete lamp. You may also need to consult Mr. Courter's book to help you recognize details of each fount and burner combination. Doing so will enable you to tell if the fount and burner combination are original. A No.8 metal lamp isn't complete if it has a No.6 flame spreader, and a No.11 lamp isn't complete if it has a No.12 burner.--Yes they do interchange! You can build an Aladdin lamp out of parts---but they have to be the rights parts if it is to have original value!! Don't pay the price of an original lamp if you are only buying parts put together to look like one.











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