The Feuerhard Company was established in the 1870’s by Hermann Nier making miners’ lamps and small household items. As the business grew, Hermann and his brother Ernst established a factory devoted exclusively to making kerosene lanterns. Superior design and build quality allowed the Nier family to grow Feuerhard into the world’s largest lantern producer by the 1930’s. Their business was interrupted by the breakout of World War II. It was shut down completely towards the end of the war by an extreme shortage of raw materials and the rapid approach of the Russian army. Being located in East Germany the Soviets seized the company’s production equipment and moved it to the Soviet Union. The Nier family fled to West Germany where they re-established the company and continued the production of the iconic Feuerhand Baby Special 276 Lantern. They continue to produce this classic lantern which was first designed and patented in 1934.
The Yellow Garage Antiques is featuring a Feuerhand Nr. 275 cold blast kerosene lantern. The complicated design of this lantern allows the hot exhaust to be expelled out of the top of the lantern while fresh cold air is sucked in to travel down the side tubes to mix at the base of the lamp. The result is a more efficient and brighter burn. This Feuerhand lamp has several interesting characteristics that leads one to conclude that it is an early production of this Nr. 275 model. The first clue is that the outer chimney exhaust holes are on a 45 degree angle. This indicates the oldest type of Nr. 275 as the later versions had the holes on the horizontal. Secondly, the lantern is tin plated steel rather than the galvanized coatings used in later productions. The markings provide additional evidence to the general age of this lantern. In 1920 the round Feuerhand emblem was added to the products. The markings “Made in Germany” date the lantern to pre-World War II. Viewed all together this indicates the lantern was made between 1920 - 1945. This lantern has a 10” body with an overall height of 14.5” and it is 5.5” wide with a 4.5” diameter base. The surface exhibits some light rust and a lovely mellow patina consistent with age. For serious kerosene lantern collectors needing a centerpiece to their collection, this rare old Feuerhand Nr. 275 cold blast lantern will surely fit the bill.
Feuerhand Nr. 275 Made in Germany Cold Blast Kerosene Lantern