ANTIQUE VAN CAMP NO. 180 AIR PILOT LANTERNVan Camp Hardware was the largest general hardware firm in Indiana during the first half of the 20th century. The founder Cortland Van Camp came to Indianapolis from Franklin County, Indiana in the 1860s. He originally formed a partnership in 1876 with J. A. Hanson and D. C. Bergundthal to sell blacksmith supplies, general store goods, and general hardware. The company was known as Hanson-Van Camp until 1888, when it became Van Camp Hardware & Iron Company, it incorporated in 1893. By that time its line of goods had expanded to include tinners' supplies, woodwork for carriages and wagons, and guns. The company expanded in the 20th century, sending salesman throughout the states of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as into Iowa and Missouri. The "VAN CAMP No. 180 AIR PILOT" was manufactured for Van Camp by Embury Lanterns as a private label of their own Art Deco Air Pilot #2, first made in 1939. You are bidding on an antique Van Camp No. 180 Air Pilot Lantern. The lantern is 15" tall and over 19" tall with the handle up. T is a hairline crack on one side of the globe, it is not very visible and it does not hinder raising or lowering the globe. I actually thought it was a seam until I looked more closely. T is a big star stamped into the metal bottom of the lantern. This is a great looking lantern with no rust or dings anyw.......just dust from decades of sitting on a shelf. Thanks for visiting the site and happy shopping!
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