Stewart R. Browne Flashlight - 2 Cell Black Bakelite Safety Light with Ring Hanger (c. 1939)
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Stewart R. Browne 2 Cell Black Bakelite Safety Light with Ring Hanger  
Stewart R. Browne 2 Cell Black Bakelite Safety Light with Ring Hanger

Value: $35.00
Manufacturer: Stewart R. Browne
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1939
Battery: 2D
Style: Standard 2 Cell

Online Since: 8/13/2003
FM Reference #: SB00002

  j. inglett
I have one of these flashlights that I got in 1965. It doesn't have the ring hanger but it still works just fine. Many years ago I removed the tension spring from the light head and put it between the batteries, this keeps the batteries in contact and doesn't allow the flashlight to go on and off.
Oct 17, 2012 - 12:23 PM
  DJ Marki Jr.
The 1 I have had for 20 yrs plus, & to be Honest It Looks New, It's has USAF P.S. RIMISSIBLE also on it & it has Had the Same 2D size Batteries in it since bought & Still Shimes like a New Flashlight!
In the Bottom it also Holds an Extra Bulb in case! I Never Use it but it hangs in the Kitchen on a hook. It's Great & is Black & like said, No Scratches, it has just lost some Color with age!!!
Oct 14, 2012 - 9:35 AM
  darryl cook
I have one that i bought at a yard sale for a dollar modle #f-81x u.s.c.g. 161.008/10/0
Apr 20, 2012 - 11:57 PM
  Markus L.
I have the same flashlight. Give to me by Grandpa Frank Rumple 30+yrs ago. Still works and is the most trustworty lightlight I have ever had that does it's job everytime. Thanx for the history too.
Aug 19, 2011 - 6:21 PM
I got my flashlight while stationed in France in 1962. It has USAF on it, and was sold to me for 25 cents at a surplus sale on Toul Rosieres Airbase. Unfortunately, it has quit working. The copper strap between the bottom battery spring and the switch has broken. I'd like to fix this flashlight, but have no idea how to go about doing that or where to get spare parts. Please let me know if you can help. Thank you.
Oct 25, 2010 - 6:04 PM
  ethan chrzan
robert im 11 and my uncle gave me one how much do you want to pay
Nov 16, 2009 - 2:44 PM
I HAVE ONE OF THESE FOR SALE. 30.00 480-986-7435
Aug 18, 2007 - 4:43 PM
I have one of these my self that I just aquired from the estate of a Pearl Harbor Survivor. It was my understanding he kept this light with him and it allowed him to find his way out of the ship. This light works perfectly and still has sometime of battery of which I've never seen. It is in beautiful condition with NO corrosion. It does say on the brass plate US Department of Mines. Approved for methane and air mixtures.
Dec 14, 2006 - 5:05 PM
  Mike Burchill
At a recent family reunion, July 29th, 2006 my uncle Fred Burchill
pulled me aside to tell me he wanted to give a special gift to my 10
year old son Eric. It was a flashlight he had received from his brother,
Eric's grandfather, when he was just a boy. The flashlight has a special
history, and great sentimental value to our family. It will be forever
cherished by my son Eric, and hopefully by his children too.

May 30th, 1942: my father, Howard Francis Burchill, a Merchant Mariner,
was a wireless radio operator aboard the merchant navy ship "Liverpool
Packet" on its regular route from Halifax, Nova Scotia to New York city.
It's hold was full of supplies for the war effort. At approximately
1:00 am, in the blackness of night, my dad and his fellow shipmates were
awakened by a sudden explosion*. They had become the target of a
Germain U-boat.

U-boat 432 under the command of Captain Heinz-Otto Shultze, had sent a
torpedo smashing through the merchant ship's hull. The panic and fear
that ensued in the moments after the explosion can only be imagined. It
is entirely possible the entire crew would have been lost. Fortunately
Captain Shulze turned out to be a gentleman of war, with a belief that
tonnage was more important than human life, he surfaced his U-boat, and
offered the struggling victims food, water and lifeboats, enough
essentials to survive a 20-plus-hour rowing journey, to Nova Scotia's
rugged south shore. 19 of the 21 crew members survived the sinking.

My dad, in that rush to abandon the sinking ship, had the forsight to
grab a Stewart R. Browne, permisable electric
flashlight. This flashlight continues to work till this day, It is my
hope that the light it breaths will give Eric fond memories of his
grandfather and that this light will bring him a unique appreciation of
world war two, and give him reason to reflect even when it's not
rememberance day.
Oct 25, 2006 - 4:06 PM
  Robert Agin
Jul 11, 2006 - 2:07 AM
  Robert Agin
i am a collector and i cant find one for sale anywhere! can anyone help me with this?
Jun 4, 2006 - 6:06 AM
  Harold Finch
I have a flashlight that's identical. The switch side has USAF below the switch.
Mar 29, 2006 - 1:10 PM

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