R.E. DIETZ COMPENDIUM

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(Index of Non-Electric American Made Products)

Robert Edwin Dietz first began selling whale oil and camphene lamps and lanterns in 1840 at the age of 22. Robert and his brother Michael patented the first practical flat wick burner especially designed for the then new fuel oil, kerosene, in 1859. The following decade Robert sold his interest in "Dietz & Company" to begin manufacturing "Irwin Patent" tubular lanterns after buying the defunct Archer and Pancoast Company from a receiver in 1868. Since that time the R.E. Dietz Company manufactured hundreds of lantern models, and pioneered the automotive lighting industry. It is the purview of this compendium to focus only on their kerosene, signal oil, and acetylene powered products.

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The "Rarity Code" listed below is for comparison purposes only, and is NOT intended as a value guide. Most lanterns have more than one variation, with rarity, and value, varying for each version. Instead, the "Rarity Code" is a rating of how likely you are to see at least one version of each lantern model in person. Items with one star are very common, items with 5 or more stars are very rare.

DIETZ COLD BLAST LANTERNS

DIETZ DEAD FLAME LANTERNS

DIETZ MARINE, DRIVING & MOTOR LAMPS

DIETZ PLATFORM & STREET LAMPS

DIETZ MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

DIETZ FIREPLACE HEATERS & STOVES