The new year brings a newcomer to the Kovels.com Top 20 searches. “Aladdin” debuts at No. 7. It’s not the famous character from the The Arabian Nights. The Aladdin in Kovels.com Price Guide is a lamp company.
The Mantle Lamp Company was formed in Chicago in 1908 to sell an improved version of a German kerosene mantle burner. The first Aladdin lamp was made in 1909. In 1926, the owner bought a glass company to make glass lamps, chimneys and shades, and changed the name to Aladdin Industries. The company made table, hanging, bracket, and floor lamps for kerosene, and later, electric power. Aladdin kerosene lamp burners were made in the U.S. until 1963. Aladdin Industries sold the lamp division to a group of collectors in 1999, and the company name was finally changed to Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company.
Model numbers and the name Aladdin can be found on a lamp’s wick raising knob. Collector favorites today are lamps with colored glass bases and original Aladdin lamp finials. A single finial can cost from $10 to $100, and a lamp from $35 to $500 or more.
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