Stewart R. Browne Flashlight - 3 Cell Brown Bakelite with Ring Hanger (c. 1939)
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Stewart R. Browne 3 Cell Brown Bakelite with Ring Hanger  
Stewart R. Browne 3 Cell Brown Bakelite with Ring Hanger

Value: $25.00
Manufacturer: Stewart R. Browne
Mfgr. Model #: N/A
Circa: 1939
Battery: 3D
Style: Standard 3 Cell

Online Since: 8/13/2003
FM Reference #: SB00001

  Raymond Bertelson
I alson have on in good condition, use to be my my daughters grand mothers. Wondering what they are worth now.
Jun 17, 2011 - 2:30 AM
I have a similar 3 cell without the Ring Hanger. Also a black U.S.A.F 2 cell by Fulton Both are to be listed on eBay.
Dec 16, 2008 - 6:33 PM
I was amazed to see the flashlight above. Reason being, I have in my possession the same identical flashlight with box,brand new and never used. Is there any possiblity this item is of real value to any antique dealers? Please advise. Thank you.
Oct 14, 2008 - 1:52 PM
I have come across this flashlight and am curious to know more about it
Nov 3, 2007 - 5:35 PM
  Cathy Sykes
I have one of these for sale on eBay. The side reads US Bureau of Mines and apparently was permissable to use with explosives, gasoline etc. You can go to eBay and search for Item number: 110071049825. Just type the number right in the search box or better yet, cut it here and paste it there. Thanks & Good Luck!
Dec 21, 2006 - 12:28 PM
  Fred Burchill
I recieved this flashlight some 60 years ago I held on to it all that time maintaining it to keep it working. I was the same age as Eric 10 years. I am glad I hung on to it. there were times that the wife would pull it out and told me to get rid of it. I am glad I kept it, when I see so much enjoyment being gotten out of it now.
Nov 10, 2006 - 10:08 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

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