There were two main products of the Burn Lantern Co. era, the “Schultz” Lantern, and the “Burn” Lift Lantern. Although both lanterns were designed by Ernest Schultz. The Burn Lift lantern was the successor to the Burn & Robinson Improved Lift Lantern, also designed by Schultz. The B&R Improved is one of the most popular lanterns in Canada during the 1880s, so naturally a successor with improvements over that model was a logical step for Schultz.
It’s main change was the lantern now didn’t use the glass globe for the structural integrity of the lantern, it more just holds everything in place. On the B&R improved, when a user lifted the lantern, the full weight of the globe was put on two brass clips on the edge of the globe. With this lantern, the weight of the lifting is done by the globe guard. Wires straddling the tubes lift up on the guard, bringing the globe with it. This method is a much safer design, for the globe, than the B&R Improved.
On the top of the lantern are 3 patents:
- Febuary 22, 1886. This is for the original “Schultz’s Improved lift lantern that the B&R Improved is made off of.
- April 17, 1886. This is Walter Burns only lantern related patent, at least in Canada. Although it is not supremely relevant to this lantern, it is instead for the globe guard used on the B&R Improved. I’m not sure why this patent is on the lantern, other than to protect their patent rights.
- February 1, 1888. This patent covers the lifting mechanism, globe guard and a few other things, like the safety locking cone found on Schultz lanterns. Reason I date this lantern to 1889 and later is the original version of this lantern was made with the Burn & Robinson style bail connectors, not the wrap around bail seen on the lantern. Ernest Schultz first started using that bail in 1889.