Stewart R. Browne Flashlight - 2 Cell Brown Bakelite Safety Light (c. 1939)
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Stewart R. Browne 2 Cell Brown Bakelite Safety Light  
Stewart R. Browne 2 Cell Brown Bakelite Safety Light

Value: $20.00
Manufacturer: Stewart R. Browne
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1939
Battery: 2D
Style: Standard 2 Cell

Online Since: 8/13/2003
FM Reference #: SB00003

  The Bayers
Hi There. We have the brown version which I believe was either my grandfathers or uncles. It seems to be in good shape but we wanted to know what type of battery to use to test it out. Great story from Mike. Thanks for sharing.
Sep 5, 2011 - 4:15 PM
  Fred Barnsdale
I have 2 of these flashlights that both work. One is black bakelite and has what appears to be a gold colored decal that reads, "Permissible" and I have a brown bakelite that has no permissible lable or tag. Both are in good shape and working. They have no sentimental attachment like the great story about Mr. Burchill the brave Merchant Marine so I would be interested in selling them. If I am out of line in stating this please forgive me and delete this as I ment no harm. I am on social security and trying to raise a few dollars.
Dec 6, 2010 - 3:24 PM
  Capt. Shultze
So, mein Amerikan friend. You still have mein flashenlite?! Return it at once, or I shall torpedo your house with mein weinerschnitzel!

Seriously, great story. Items with such incredible history are true heirlooms. Make sure the little one knows the true value of such an item. Its a great way to keep Grandpa close.
Apr 19, 2010 - 9:26 PM
  Russell Perkins
I have one of these that is marked "USN" and two others in black bakelite. All are marked "USN" as they were made under US Navy contracts. They were also marked PERMISSIBLE by the United States Bureau of Mines and they bear it's seal. Great story about the U-Boat. Many of the U-Boat captains were men of high honor and adhered to the homor of maritime traditions.
Dec 13, 2007 - 7:53 AM
  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
  David Klusty
I have one of these model F-81 x. still works,exterior looks like it was dipped in paint. also have bulbs for it.
Aug 13, 2006 - 8:35 AM
  Bill Salyer
I have this flashlight with a brass plate that reads permissible electric flashlight. Approved for safety methane and air mixtures.
Sep 6, 2005 - 9:25 PM

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