Jerry's Coleman Collection -- Shades & Globes

Jerry's Coleman SHADES & GLOBES
Parchment, Glass, and Other things too!
As long as there have been lamps, there have been shades. It's impractical to have a blinding light burning in your home if you have nothing to control where it shines. That is why lampshades exist.

The collection of shades is archived here, with model numbers and notes adjacent. All shades serve similar functions, and most were outsourced by the lamp maker to glass specialists - in fact, some rival companies ordered from the same shade manufacturer! Many of the shades for one company's lamps fit the shades of other companies' lamps as well. Unfortunately, not much information has been preserved about these.

Coleman Shades & Globes

This 314A windmill shade is one of the rarest Coleman shades in existence. It was originally from the 1910s and for the Air-O-Lite, but it was compatable with the Quick-Lite series as well.
This 314C Aster shade is even rarer than the Windmill shade. It was only made for a few years starting in 1912 for the model A lamp.
The shade at the top is a 317 frosted glass shade designed for the original Quick-Lite. Below it are two opal 306 shades that are from different years - one is larger than the other. The 306 shades were made for Air-O-Lite lamps.
These are two ribbed 307 shades, one of Coleman's first and longest-lasting shades. Made for lamps from before the Air-O-Lite through the Instant-Lite era, the opal model is extremely common; there are six in our collection. The green one is far rarer, and it is the only one in this collection.
The shade on the right is another 307O; the one on the left is a similar ribbed shade, only with a short top - the 107, which is rarer than its brother.
Even more common than the 307O is the 329 shade. It is compatible with many lamps from the 1920s and 1930s. We have eleven in the collection, but two of them are fake. One is in this picture - can you tell which it is?
This extremely rare piece of glass is a spare shade for the Model R Reading Lamp. It is unreplaceable and is very valuable.
This is a Coleman Avocado shade. The model number is unknown.
Shade No. 318 fit Air-O-Lites and early Quick-Lite lamps. There are three in our collection, two of which have been repainted; the one atop was not. Another variant of the 318 exists (not pictured), and it is very different in appearance and design but is the same size.
The Model 318 Rosebud shade is also quite common, despite it not being made for any specific lamp. We have five in total; one was the first shade we obtained in the collection.
Coleman made multiple shades with the number 324. This one, called the Lincoln Drape Shade, is fairly common; there are three here.
The other Coleman 324 shade was the same size as the Drape shade above. It came in two colors and had a similar construct to the 443 and 444.
These are the 443 and 444 Kremlite shades, respectively. They have the same design and are the same size and typically fit the same Depression-era Instant-Lites.
This is also a 444 shade, identical in shape and size to the Kremlite. The peacock pattern is the only real difference.
These are two different 335 shades; the 335A on the left, the 335D on the right. Both were most commonly used for 1920s Quick-Lite lamps.
These Pretzel shades resemble a NuLite model, but were sold with Coleman lamps. It appears they are from the same glass company that made the NuLite 110 shade. There is no comparable catalog number for Coleman to our knowledge, which has sparked debate amongst collectors. Anyone who has information about a potential model number should let us know.
Mary Bruno painted the art on this parchment shade, which is designed to be equipped to a Model 160 Kero-Lite lamp. The very talented Bruno also painted a shade for one of the 150 pot lamps in this collection.
This green porcelainized steel shade, number 334, is standard for use in barns and similar facilities. It is extremely difficult to break and is sturdier than a typical shade, like the two 329s it is pictured with.
You don't see a canary-yellow case shade like this every day. This rare shade does not have a model number associated with it and is made of glass.
Hollow wire systems required much different shades. Pictured here are two 73s and one 71 (top), which were used for old-fashioned ceiling and wall lighting. The 71 is enameled steel; the 73s are glass. Note the slightly different colors for the 73 shades.
Shades weren't the only thing needed for hollow wire systems; some required the use of globes like these. These were equipped with a fitter, which can be more valuable than the glass itself.
These are replacement lantern globes for Coleman 286, 288, 321, 325, 335, K214, DF282, and DF285 lanterns. The one on the left is adorned with NASCAR logos; the one on the right has a campy hunter-and-dog emblem. Both are the same model and have never been equipped to a lantern.

Other Companies

Two of these shades are Coleman 444 Kremlites. One of them is not. That one was made for Akron Diamond, possibly by the same glassworks that made the Kremlite shades.
On the left is a green avocado-style shade made by the B&P Lamp Co. To the right is an Akron Diamond shade that was made for their 120 lamp; the list number is unknown.
Akron made a barn shade (right) similar to the Coleman 334 (left). It was somewhat smaller and its color was a lighter speckled green. Like the 334, it is made from porcelainized steel to prevent it from being damaged.
This fancy-top shade was made for an Aladdin lamp. It is smooth and patternless, though still made from high-quality glass.
American Gas Machine's 254 lamp had two kinds of plain shades available. Both had the same design, but they are of very different sizes. Note how much wider the one on the left is compared to the one on the right.
The three shades depicted here are various shades made for American Gas Machine lamps. Only the model number for the shade on top is known: 5185D-35. The others are only known to be AGM.
This small shade once adorned a Gloria lamp. It is presumed to be original to that lamp, otherwise very little is known about it.
This tudor-style shade was made by Pitner of Chicago for one of their lamps. It is one of the few known shades made by the company.
Now used to hold candy at parties, this globe was once a component of a street lamp. Made by Radiolite in Milwaukee, it was patented in 1917. It is made of pure glass and is mounted on a wood board.

Mystery shades

If you have any information on shades detailed below, please contact us!

We believe the top center item to be a Coleman No. 60 Inverted globe, but are not a hundred percent certain. We have no information on the rest of the shades in this picture. Identifications would be much appreciated!
Who made this globe set is unknown. It appears to be a set used for infrared lighting at helipads, to help a helicopter land at nighttime. Any information on the manufacturer is welcome!
The second shade here is a Coleman 98 prism shade for piano lamps. None of the others have any information or positive matches.
The shade on the left is a complete mystery. The shade on the right is a fake Coleman 329 made by Lamens. Why were these two photographed together?
This is a fancy hobnail shade of unknown origin. If you have ideas, let us know!


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