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Coleman Arc Lantern L316 – 1914
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz – American Pickers – “Need for Speed” purchase a Coleman Arc Lantern L316
Mike and Frank seek Coleman information and appraisal from Mr Coleman – long time Coleman collector – Jerry
Jerry’s wife Pat (of 55 years/ 1959) and Jerry have decided the best way to share their collection with others that have a similar addiction to Coleman collectables is to create their website documenting their obsession! Jerry and Pat feel as though every lamp and lantern has a story and Jerry’s shares some of them with you.
They started their collection in the 1960s. Jerry started as a Coleman trailer dealer in Madison, WI., and also had a retail store in which they sold Coleman outdoor products. They were very impressed with the Coleman product line and even more so, the people representing these lines. Jerry and Pat, fast made friends with the people in the Coleman Company. Coleman offered yearly trips where they fostered many lifelong friendships. Their first trip was offered through the Coleman snowmobile line called Skiroule. Coleman was always family focused on these trips and gatherings. Coleman even got four of their children involved in the company, sending them to Wichita, KS to study Coleman warranty under the supervision of Jerry Koontz and Herb Ebendorf. Jerry & Pat would like to think some of their “Coleman” knowledge has rubbed off on them! The children still bring up the fact that they named their family dog after Sheldon Coleman, the children think Jerry & Pat may have a Coleman problem!
The first piece of Jerry’s collection was brought in by a customer, which has become quite a common way for him to obtain items. The client’s mother had just passed away and he found a Quick-Lite table lamp that was in her attic. It still had the original shade, a 319 Rosebud. This lamp had been a wedding present to them in 1920s. This is when Jerry realized every lamp had a story.
Jerry’s collection has grown quite a lot over the years. Beside customers bringing in their stories, Jerry has a few select pickers (now he can add Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz to his list) who attend flea markets and auctions for him. Thankfully with the help of cell phones, he finds it much easier not to buy duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates and these pickers have helpfe fill in quite a few holes in Jerry and Pat’s collection.
One of Jerry’s favorite Coleman picking stories happened while waiting for T Marsh, D Defraties and D Schrow in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. …The boys were in the antique store finishing up their purchases. Jerry had decided to go out to the car. Just then, an elderly lady with one of those walkers with the tennis balls on the bottom came strolling by, Jerry asked her if she needed a hand and she said no. She was on the way to the grocery to store to get a quart of milk to bake a cake. Her son was on his way over to celebrate her 91st birthday! As any luck would have it, as she was returning from the grocery store, the guys were coming out of the antique store. Right there in the middle of the street in Saskatoon, we sang “Happy Birthday” to her. It made everyone’s day – not just the birthday girl’s!
Visit https://www.antiquearchaeology.com/ for more information on Antique Archaeology – Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz
The History Channel – https://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/about
to learn more about American Pickers