Delta Flashlight - "Powerlite" Lantern with Dial Switch (c. 1937)
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Delta "Powerlite" Lantern with Dial Switch




Value: $15.00
Manufacturer: Delta
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1937
Battery: 6V
Style: Lantern



Online Since: 10/13/2003
FM Reference #: DE00009
Notes:
Front lens missing.
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  vic
I have one of these. Brand new in the box. Date on box showed it was delivered on 12/09/54. Any idea of the value?
Nov 4, 2012 - 6:58 PM
  raul
i have one whats the price on it
Oct 31, 2012 - 6:07 PM
  ron
Mine has a 27 bulb for top and a 502 for front its patent is 2053591
Oct 24, 2012 - 5:25 PM
  ron may
I have this model but my lens are clouded over. I am just trying to restore it. Do you know where I can get parts
Oct 24, 2012 - 5:19 PM
  Geneva Caston
I have one in my attic how much could I sell it for
Aug 13, 2012 - 11:39 AM
  John
I have one of these lanterns New in box,never used,would it be worth more than $15.00?.
May 24, 2012 - 8:39 PM
  Sean
# 2,bottem reads: Delta POWERLITE LANTERN TO INSERT 6VOLT LATTERN BATTERY DEPRESS, LATCH TURN BOTTOM LEFT DELTA ELECTRIC COMPANY MARION, INDIANA MADE IN U.S.A. PAT. NO. 205350. WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFO, THANK YOU.
Jan 24, 2012 - 9:10 PM
  SEAN
I found one in the back country east of Sacramento. Question is it still possible replace the 6 volt battery and top bulb? Also did the front bulb have a cover ?
Jan 24, 2012 - 8:58 PM
  anthony
found this lantern in a "free" pile behind a garage. just kinda fell for it at first sight! really well made just needed to adjust the contacts and it worked immediately. lets see if you can say that about a chinese product in 40 years!
Nov 6, 2011 - 8:22 PM
  Frank Havens
I have one, just given to me. Morrie, mine says the front bulb is a 27, not .425.
Nov 4, 2011 - 8:37 PM
  MORRIE TURNER
I THINK THIS IS A DELTA POWERLITE MODEL A1530 ORIGINAL PRICE WAS $4.95
NO.502 BULB ON TOP AND NO.425 IN FRONT LIGHT 800 FOOT BEAM FROM A 1960 AD
Oct 10, 2011 - 10:13 PM
  Steve
They were made in Marion, In. My family lived on the same street and my dad got his first job out of college there. A few years ago I saw one of these in one of our customers garage in Minnesota. I told her all about it and about my dad working there. She was so kind she thought I should have it and gave it to me. I was touched and enjoy the memories every time I see it.
Jun 1, 2011 - 8:26 PM
  satchemo24
I was just given a lantern like the one above. It is missing the front lenz cover otherwise it works fine. Just added a fresh battery. Anyone know where I can get the part for it?
May 30, 2011 - 7:24 PM
  melvin miller
I just got a lantern from a friend of mine. He was in the military and it is slightly different than the pic above. He was in ww2 and just pasted away and gave it to me can you tell me alittle a bout it?
Feb 9, 2011 - 8:27 AM
  Buzz
I found a Delta power sealed beam 6volt electric lantern Model A1533, green, in the box brand new,instructions,no battery, make an offer
Jan 30, 2011 - 7:06 AM
  lee
i have one close. #2053591. front lens is yellow, very bright light. top has a red cover . evereything on it works. seems that this modle # nobody know anything about them.
Jan 27, 2011 - 3:18 PM
  Janice
I just found a Delta Powerlite Lantern - I suppose made in Marion, Illinoiss - could you please let me know if this if of any value and where I would go to present it?? Thank you!
Oct 27, 2010 - 9:53 PM
  Janice
I just found a Delta Powerlite Lantern - I suppose made in Marion, Illinoiss - could you please let me know if this if of any value and where I would go to present it?? Thank you!
Oct 27, 2010 - 9:51 PM
  Ava Schider
hello- I cannot find my specific patent # lantern anywhere to know the value.. do any of you know? it is:2033301 thanks!
Oct 26, 2010 - 4:14 PM
  joyce
i just bought a latern just like this at a flea market. they really aren't worth alot. i'll hang mine on the front porch.
Oct 18, 2010 - 8:19 PM
  Ben Tilley
can you still buy this lantern for $15 plus shipping and handling, do you still make this light? I have one that's old and rusted.
Oct 16, 2010 - 2:49 PM
  kristen merriam
My brother found ours in the garabage...
Oct 11, 2010 - 12:41 PM
  Joe
I just purchased a Delta powerlite that is entirely complete less bulbs and battery.I believe it's from the first run they made because it has no patent numbers. It says patents pending on the base but there are no dates or other info anywhere on it. I did find what appears to be comic book pages folded in the base that had a date of feb. 1946. Any help would be appreciated!
Sep 25, 2010 - 2:35 PM
  Jerry
I have one of these lights complete. It does need the battery and the front bulb, still has the decal on the side, little rust but in fairly good condition. glm1606@comcast.net
Sep 22, 2010 - 10:07 AM
  Dave Cannon
This model or a very similar lantern is included in the Epcot Center Spaceship Earth display. It's on the right side of the rider at about half way up.
Sep 13, 2010 - 7:41 PM
  Kerry
I have the same one as pictured! It belonged to my grandfather, which he had for many years! As far as I know, it still works, though, both of the lenses have yellowed a bit over time! I also have extra bulbs he kept on hand, just in case!
Sep 12, 2010 - 1:03 PM
  Randy
>>"I have a lantern somewhat similar but insted of a wire handle mine is made of wood. Does anybody know how much older mine is compared to the one on this page?"
Aug 29, 2010 - 9:45 AM
  Randy
I have a lantern somewhat similar but insted of a wire handle mine is made of wood. Does anybody know how much older mine is compared to the one on this page?
Aug 29, 2010 - 9:40 AM
  Troy
I had one of these given to me from my great grandfather Pat 2053591 it works but I need a top lens cover.
Aug 6, 2010 - 3:47 PM
  John Gessick
I have had one of these for several years and was just checking out its value which turns out to be not much money wise.
It is a great camping lantern and better than most of the made in china junk you can buy today.
It has a lot more sentimental value than cash value and looks great hanging on my outdoor porch area and we get a lot of compliments on it
Aug 3, 2010 - 9:35 AM
  Jerry
I work with the mining displays at our local museum. I have a lantern like the one shown in the picture. It is in fairly condition but the base is missing and the lenses are a little cloudy. I would like to use it in our display. Does anyone know if they were used much by miners?
Mar 22, 2010 - 10:44 AM
  BOB
I HAVE ONE THAT IS COMPLETE AND SIMILAR CONDITION, I'M CURIOUS IS THERE A MARKET FOR THSE ITEMS? WE PUT IT ON EBAY A COUPLE OF TIMES AND DIDN'T GET A BID.
Mar 17, 2010 - 4:19 PM
  norman
I purchased one of these flashlits with paper route money in 1950,age 16.It disappeared, but recently aquired one from a friend.It needs a new lens and lens holder though.
Feb 7, 2010 - 3:49 PM
  John
I have a Delta Powerlite New in box can you give me a value on it?.
Jan 26, 2010 - 6:09 PM
  John
Nice site. Does anyone know where to get the small screw-in type bulb for older toys, lanterns, older flashlights? Thank you. jh
Jan 9, 2010 - 7:41 PM
  Ryan
sounds like the front lens is the weak link on these powerlites. I also have one with no lens or bat.
Oct 9, 2009 - 1:23 AM
  Helen
I checked out the Delta Electric Company on line and got some history on its inception, history, products produced, plus its demise, in case any one is interested.
Aug 22, 2009 - 1:30 PM
  ron
Ihave one with lens.where can i get a battery?
Jul 10, 2009 - 5:14 PM
  david
The bulbs are GE #502 and GE #425. A standard 6V battery with spring contacts will work - Radio Shack 4LR25.
Apr 24, 2009 - 7:49 PM
  babychimes
HELLO EVERY ONE I JUST CLEAN OUT MY PARENTS HOUSE AND FOUND LITTLE DELTA LANTERN AND WONDED ABOUT IT. THIS ONE HAS OIL ON IT & VERY RUSTY BUT I CAN SEE THE NAME UNDER THE BOTTOM. >> IT WAS MADE TO LAST <
Apr 11, 2009 - 8:45 PM
  David
I recently resurrected a Powerlite from Mom's old house. Anyone know where I can get a replacement front lens?
Apr 3, 2009 - 10:57 AM
  Rick
Additionaly, My light is a "Delta" Powerlite Lantern from Marion Indiana Pat. # 2053591. It says on the bottom, to use bulb # B.E. no. 502 for the top reflector, and a B.E # 425 in the front reflector. Nothing about what type and size of battery.
Feb 28, 2009 - 9:16 AM
  Rick
Connie: I also have one that I use for decoration in our home. I would like to get a battery for it. I'm guessing it was used in mining operations, around the mis '30's.
Feb 28, 2009 - 9:06 AM
  Brian
Hello I have alantern like the the one above and need a 6volt batt for it can I buy one off the shelf or order one from you? Thank you.

Brian.
Feb 10, 2009 - 11:12 AM
  Brannan Rogers
We found one in an old log cabin that was on the property we purchased. I was getting ready to sell it at a garage sale when I decided to see if it worked. Put a standard 6 volt lantern battery in it, cleaned up the contacts, and both bulbs work. It is grey and still has the lenses. I can't find a date or serial number anywhere to tell when it was made though. It's patent number is 2053591. Date made and worth?
Oct 7, 2008 - 7:10 PM
  James
I have one just like the one in the picture. My lantern has both lenses intact and in good shape, battery has been removed and it is in good shape. I can provide pictures. I would like to sell it.
Sep 21, 2008 - 8:28 AM
  Peter R Misivich
i own this light ' tryin to find light bulb pr-13 bulb 4.75volt .5ampfor front p44125 modelA1548 would like info
Jul 2, 2008 - 6:34 PM
  Doris Wiley
I have a flashlight just like the one listed above. How can I find the value of it? Thanks DW
Apr 17, 2008 - 3:00 PM
  BILL
HELLO-FOLKS! I JUST GOT ONE THESE LANTERNS FROM A RESALE SHOP ($5.00) AND ,YES IT NEEDS NEW CLEAR LENS TOP+BOTTOM WELL,I'VE BEEN A COLLECTOR OF"STUFF" FOR A LONG TIME-I'AM GOING TO TRY SOME POLISH I KNOWN WORKS ON PLASTIC-BY THE WAY THIS UNIT IS SILVER+GRAY PLEASE REPLY,THANKS
Apr 6, 2008 - 5:10 PM
  Lee
These light were made for the Rail road and the military. The ones for the military were the Khaki green. Many were made for the retail market. I worked at Delta Electric in Marion In in the 60's where these were made. They were pretty well on there last days at that time, althought the still produced. I was a production Supervisor in metal stamping. This was one of the products that sustained Delta Electric for years.

Brings back a few memories..
Lee
Feb 13, 2008 - 6:41 AM
  Stan
I may be able to shed some light onto your ?'s (no pun intented) Delta was the first to manufacture "battery operated" lanterns/flashlights, By 1916 they were making 15 various electric lanterns, and here's where your curiosity is answered, they made lighting for the general public as well as they were called upon to manufacture specialized lights by the Goverment forarmy, navy and troops as well as navy ships etc. Your lanterns (1933) was there single most well known lantern with the two reflector "powerlite model. (have you noticed it can flash, stay stationary or both on/off back and forth?) So basically they were used two different times WWl and ll . Hope this helps a little , I would keep them as I think I would rather own then sell, it may not be much and probally not worth the bother. Some are more valuable then others depending on date issued and functions. Regards, Stan
Dec 29, 2007 - 8:24 AM
  Jeffery Koski
I have three of this lanterns.....No batteries
Dec 23, 2007 - 3:58 PM
  Michael Ratigan
I have the exact same "Powerlite" made by The Novo Industrial Corp., of Marion, Indiana, model number A-1530. Can you tell me where I can get a 6 volt battery, and an upper bulb reflector. Otherwise the lantern is in mint condition.
Oct 3, 2007 - 4:23 PM
  Evelyn
I have one of these in good condition I would like to sell it
Sep 9, 2007 - 8:28 AM
  jashley
I have the same one with the front lense and the original bulbs no battery can you still get the batteries? I am from marion in. and my grandmother use to work at delta.
Aug 8, 2007 - 6:43 PM
  cliff
This is the first of my collection, my pop-pop's, and my favorite. It still has the Delta sticker on the side and it's lens cover
Apr 13, 2007 - 1:33 PM
  Mark
About the Powerlite:
In 1933, Delta introduced the item that became their single most well-known product when they started producing the 6 volt two reflector "Powerlite". This lantern would continue to be made through the 1930s and during the 1940s, when it was made for the military. Powerlite production continued through the 1950s and 1960s, and into the early 1970s.

Information from Indiana Public Library, see:
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-3953.html
Feb 22, 2007 - 5:46 AM
  FP
Does anyone know where I can get the front lens cover for this? If so, please tell me at fpaz40@yahoo.com.
Oct 29, 2006 - 3:36 PM
  Theresa
I HAVE JUST FOUND THIS LANTERN.WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW OLD IT IS .IT JUST HAS PATENT PENDING/MARION INDIANA
Oct 21, 2006 - 3:53 AM
  Chris
I have one of these in great shape . My Grandfather took a picture of my brother and I in 1958 , my brother is holding this lantern in the picture with it switched on . A lot of history here . I used to see these in department stores when I was young for emergency lighting also .
Oct 17, 2006 - 11:40 PM
  Karina
I just bought one at a flee market. It is completely in tact and still has the original paperwork inside. But no year as to when is was made.
Sep 25, 2006 - 9:29 PM
  John Genteman
I found a "new" in the box Delta power lite 6-volt electric lantern model a-1530 Made by the Delta Electric Company, Marion Ind. Whats it worth? Is anyone interested in it? If interested contact jcgenteman@hotmail.com
Sep 20, 2006 - 2:44 AM
  Bobby
The Delta lhand held lamps are without a doubt from the RR. era my grandfather was a brakeman when I was very young he would actually sneak me on the caboose or sometimes the engine when they were working the switch yard, and every time I left, one of his co-workers would give me a flashlight and it was always a Delta lamp just like the ones you have, hang on to them . There is a lot of history there................
Jun 28, 2006 - 1:06 AM
  Robert Agin
I PUCHASED ONE OF THESE IN GATLINBURG .IWAS TOLD THEY WERE MADE IN THE LATE THIRTIES FOR USE IN THE RAILROAD.
Jun 4, 2006 - 3:06 AM
  Linda
I have a Delta Powerlite Lantern, biege, pat no 2053591, looks just like this one, only beige. Wonder what the age and worth might be. Came from a lake house built in 1958.
May 7, 2006 - 10:05 AM
  Morrie Turner
I believe this lantern is called the Delta Power Lite. The ads I have are in 1968 with that kind of lens. Similar lantern in an ad in 1950 but without the hood on the lens. The 1956 ad lists it at $4.65 less battery. It is an all purpose lantern.
Mar 13, 2006 - 4:44 PM
  M. Simone
I have one too! and I am hoping to find the front cover lens. If any one is interested in selling it please advise. Thanks
Feb 11, 2006 - 1:30 PM
  Jim
I have one at home and I would like to know what it is worth.
Jan 13, 2006 - 10:56 AM
  Carolyn
I'm with you, I also have one of these lanterns and it works. We thought maybe for the military.
Dec 14, 2005 - 9:18 PM
  Connie
I would like to know what this latern was used for and the apx age, I found one at a yard sale and I am using it in my home for decoration, I would love to know some history about it.
Nov 11, 2005 - 8:10 PM


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