Tubular lanterns are more commonly referred to as ‘barn lanterns’, because of where they were commonly used. Tubular lanterns have become the mainstay of my collection, although I started collecting railway lanterns first.
What Are Tubular Lanterns
History of Tubular Lanterns in Canada
Below are all the tubular lanterns in my collection. I have separated all my tubular lanterns by manufacturers. Click on the buttons below to see information on each manufacturer, and all the lanterns I have by the different makers.
E.T. Wright & Co. was formed by brothers Edwin Thomas Wright and Harry G. Wright in 1883. Their first lantern was made in 1888 and quickly became the largest lantern maker in Canada, until the business closed in 1933.
The Alliance Mfg. Co. was founded in 1890 with the sole intention of producing the 'Eclectic Security Tubular Lantern'. This was one of the smallest lantern companies, employing only 25 men.
The Ontario Lantern Co. was founded 1890 by Ernest Schultz and Montreal salesman Walter Grose. This company was a takeover of Burn Lantern Co. Also the namesake of this website.
In 1904, Walter Grose 'compelled' Ernest Schultz to sell his shares of the Ontario Lantern Co. This resulted in the new company name and an expansion into electric and kerosene lamps
The Dominion Tubular Lamp Co. was formed in 1883, part owned by Steam Gauge & Lantern Co., Dominion Tubular's lanterns closely resembled Steam Guage products until the 1890s.
J.M. Williams & Co. has the distinction of being the first manufacturer of lanterns in Canada, along with being one of the first tinware companies in Hamilton. They made lanterns over a 15 year period.
C.F. Smith started his manufacturing business in the 1860s, eventually W.W. Chown would purchase the business. Since these two comapnies are closely related and make identical products, I have included them together.
The Lantern Footwarmer Co. was set up in Cobourg, Ontario, in 1908. Their sole product was the Lantern Footwarmer. A unique product designed to warm your feet wherever you went.