Q: Can you tell me about my cobalt blue Lincoln Drape lamp? I haven't been able to find out anything. Is it old? Is it worth anything?
A: Victor Johnson formed the Mantle Lamp Co. in Chicago in 1908 after getting rights to sell a German kerosene mantle burner. Johnson introduced his improved Aladdin lamp in 1909. The "Tall Lincoln Drape" Aladdin lamp, No. B-76, was made from 1940 to 1949. It has a plain stem and a 12-sided base. This lamp was also made in ivory Alacite (the most popular kerosene lamp in Aladdin's history), ruby crystal and clear crystal. The clear version is rare. The embossed circle on top of the base can be plain or scalloped. About 30% of cobalt blue Tall Lincoln Drape lamps have scallops, like your lamp. This dates your lamp close to 1940. Even though yours has a mismatched shade, your lamp could sell for as much as $1,700.
In 1949, the Mantle Lamp Co. was renamed Aladdin Industries and moved to Nashville, Tenn. Aladdin Industries sold the lamp division to a group of collectors in 1999. The new company, Aladdin Mantle Lamp Co. of Clarksville, Tenn., makes replacement parts and reproductions of Aladdin lamps and shades. Reproductions of Tall Lincoln Drape lamps have also been made by other companies.