NEW - VERY LIMITED STOCK - UK SALES ONLY
We have acquired a very small quantity of NOS (new old
stock) gas and oil lantern mantles, made by Aladdin and Veritas. The date of
manufacture is uncertain but they were almost certainly more than 30 or 40
These items are woven from fabric (usually cotton or a
similar material) that has been soaked in a solution containing the radioactive
isotope Thorium. This was used to increase the mantle’s light output. The
radioactive material they contain can be a useful, and legal to own check
source for testing Geiger Counters. Thorium is no longer used in mantles
manufactured in the UK, though it continues to be used in a number of other
countries around the world.
The two types we have are Aladdin Model 12 and Veritas M.3769;
see photos for an indication of their size. The mantles are in generally good
condition though some of the Veritas boxes are a little crumpled and may show
signs of light damp staining.
a mantle has been installed in its holder, and the lamp lit, the woven fabric
‘scaffold’ burns off, leaving a fragile skeleton that turns easily to dust.
These mantles have not been used, so they are reasonably stable, nevertheless
they are still quite delicate and should not be touched or removed from their
protective packaging as they can potentially shed dust. The mantles, in their
original cardboard cartons will be sealed in plastic bags, and we recommend
that they remain this way, and stored away from food preparation areas and well
out of the reach of children, preferably in a closed metal container.
Vintage Gas Mantles, from £15.00
- Product Code: Vintage Gas Mantles
- Availability: In Stock