Aladdin Knights of the Mystic Light


The tome of Aladdin Lamp Information does not end here. Not by any means. This site is intended to just get one's feet wet (and mouth watering). A great majority of the information within these pages was obtained from publications of J. W. and Treva Courter.

Below is a list of the publications used as references to create these pages. In them you will find exhaustive information on the history, diversity, and elegance of Aladdin Mantle Lamps.


Aladdin, The Magic Name In Lamps


Aladdin, The Magic Name in Lamps

Revised Edition-1997

Copyright © J.W. Courter

A complete history of Aladdin kerosene lamps and the company that made them. Comments by readers- "absolutely First Class, more than expected, very informative, brilliant, beautiful, now I have better understanding, I have seen the light."
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Hard bound, color, 304 pages, over 400 photos and illustrations. Autographed to you by the author.

Aladdin Collectors Manual & Price Guide

       UPDATED 2017

Aladdin Collectors Manual & Price Guide #23, Kerosene Mantle Lamps.

Copyright © J.W. Courter.

Companion to the book above. Lamp values and collecting tips, and many photographs of lamps, shades, plus information on reproductions, and much more.

The Collectors Manual gives tips for collectors under the major headings- "How to Determine The Collector Value of Aladdin Lamps;" "Collecting Kerosene Aladdins;" "Using Wick Raiser Knobs to Identify Models;" "Collecting Alacite;" "How to Light Your Aladdin," and more.

Information and illustrations tell how to evaluate the conditions of lamps, and how to identify reproduction lamps and shades. Collectors are concerned about reproductions and this section will keep you from paying old prices for "new" lamps and shades. The addition of Model 23 Aladdin lamps and foreign models of Aladdins brings the listings up-to-date.

48 pages, current edition, completely revised and updated 2017, softbound, illustrated.


The Mystic Light of the Aladdin Knights newsletters

Copyright © J.W. Courter.

This publication contains news articles, editors columns (Light Beams), and the popular buy-sell-trade ads. It brings you firsthand information on rare Aladdins, up-to-date prices, studies by other collectors, news about The Mantle Lamp Company and Aladdin Industries, Inc., and news on other collectors. Basic to our purpose is preservation of memorabilia of the kerosene and early electric era that was such an important part of rural America.

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The Aladdin Caboose lamp

16 pp 1/98 Mystic Light. Up-to-date info on all models, references

Science of The Aladdin Lamp

Factors That Affect Performance, 16 pp 7/00 Mystic Light

Aladdin Electric Lamps

Aladdin Electric Lamps

Copyright ©1987 J.W. Courter

This is the book Aladdin electric lamp owners, dealers and collectors would not be without. Information about early electric lighting, Aladdin glass, and more. A complete history of the Aladdin electric lamps and the company that made them.

Softbound book, color, 8 1/2 x 11, 229 pages, 96 illustrations, 3rd printing, 84 different lamp finials, and 154 pages from original Aladdin catalogs. Over 1100 lamps are pictured.
Autographed to you by the Author.

Aladdin Price Guide

Aladdin Electric Lamps Collectors Manual & Price Guide #5

Copyright ©2006 J.W. & Treva Courter

48-page companion to the book above. This manual is designed as a handy reference for collectors of Aladdin electric lamps. Gives values to all electric lamps shown in AEL. The manual will be most useful in combination with the book Aladdin Electric Lamps (above)

48-pages. Current 2006 edition. Many lamps ilustrated, many in color. Softbound.

Angle Lamps

Angle Lamp Collectors Manual & Price Guide

Copyright © J.W. & Treva Courter

The only book on Angle lamps. 48-pages, color, softbound, over 100 photographs, identifies and values the many varieties of Angle lamps and glassware. This 1992 edition is still the best available reference.

1910 - 1912 Angle Lamp catalogue reprint, 16 pages, great photos with values.


The Light That Never Fails

The Light That Never Fails

Copyright © J.W. & Treva Courter

1910-1912 Angle lamp catalogue reprint.

16-pages, great photos with original sales prices.

Mor Light on Angle Lamps

More Light on Angle Lamps

© 2004

Detail information not in other books. Dating and development of early lamps and burners. 8.5 x 11, 18 pages, fully illustrated.



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The Electrolite Lamp

Edward Miller & Co. Catalog circa 1901

The Electrolite acetylene lamp was patented in 1899 & 1900 and sold for $10.00.

Reprint booklet with 8 illustrations. 24 pages.

Belgian Welsbach Lamps

Belgian and Welsbach Arc Pressure Lamps

Pitkins & Brooks Special Catalog # 202 1904-05


Belgian kerosene lamps and Welsbach gasoline gravity and Arc pressure lamps. 16 pages. Reprint.




Dr. Herman U Lahde

Light and Heat From Hydrocarbon Appliances, Portrait of an Industry

By Dr. Herman U Lahde

This is a valuable reference book written as a labor of love by Dr. Lahde to share his extensive knowledge and experience in the development of kerosene lamps, lanterns, heaters and stoves. He explains the principles of hydrocarbon burners that have provided light and heat for millions of people around the world; and, he challenges engineers to continue improvement of hydrocarbon burning appliances.

Dr. Lahde was born and educated in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin. He worked for Ehrich & Graetz from 1926 to 1945 prior to coming to America. He and Fritz Graetz hold two patents. Dr. Lahde worked for Aladdin Industries Inc. from 1947 to 1960 and for American Thermos from 1960 to 1966. He retired and wrote this book, but never published it.

The book has 206 pages in 20 chapters covering the basics of fuels and combustion, wicks, wick burners and mantles, lanterns, stoves, and gasoline appliances. It is a technical reference written by a lighting engineer. I have added 7 intro pages about Dr. Lahde and 7 pages in the appendix. The appendix is a translation of a 1941 Ehrich & Graetz booklet with photos of Albert, Adolf and Max Graetz. There are more than 288 detail line drawings to illustrate Lahde's writing. Limited edition of 100 copies.


Center-draft Kerosene Lamps

Center-draft Kerosene Lamps 1884 - 1940 Identification & Value Guide

Collectors of antique lamps and lighting will use this reference to identify and date center-draft kerosene lamps and their manufacturers. The book was compiled from research by J.W. "Bill" Courter during the past ten years. Courter previously authored books about Aladdin Lamps and Angle Lamps.

Courter gives brief histories of 50 American companies, lists selected patents and illustrates representative lamps. Some 150 companies are linked in the book as the author weaves the history and development of kerosene fuel lighting.

Softbound, 8.5 x 11 format.