Antique PERKINS – PERKO DE-LITE Navigation Lights
ANTIQUE PERKO “DE-LITE” RED & GREEN LENS SIDE LIGHTS
Very Rare! ONE PAIR
only & Never Used
PRESENTEDare a rarely
seen pair of Perko “De-Lite” brass & galvanized iron Port & Starboard marine navigation
lights with kerosene burners and electric fixture behind it. Everything is in new condition. They are made
to the International Class 2 navigation lantern regulations adopted in 1910 for boats 26 but not over 40 feet long. They
have weatherproof chimneys with a turret top. Bodies are iron with hot galvanized over. The doors are front opening of
brass, and the chimney turrets are in brass. The doors are fastened with screws and nuts. Inside there is a
burner and electric light element with highly polished nickel metal reflectors behind. The burner is secured
in a circular mount with a bayonet lock. Both burners are marked Perkins Marine with thumb wheels that turn smoothly.
The Fresnel lens is in mint condition with no cracks or chips. The top starboard lens strap has been soldered at a
break but is secure.
The lamp is 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ with a 4-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ lens. The height is 10-1/2″ not
including the the 1 1/2“ brail. They weigh 6 lbs. & 3 oz in total.
Perkin’s M.L. Co., rare DE-LITE tag The tags on both lights dates the lamp from before
1916 and reads:Patterned
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Trade Markp>MANUFACTURERS PERKINS
M.L. CO. BRKLYN, N.Y.,
Starting in 1904,Perko made all kinds of lights under
their original name, “Persky”. This lamp, under the Perkins, M.L. Co., name was made before they incorporated in
1916, under the name Perkins Marine Lamp Corporation in Brooklyn, NY. In 1931 the name was changed to Perkins Marine Lamp
& Hardware Corporation. In 1961, the Brooklyn facilities were closed and operations were moved to Miami, FL. Perkins
was dropped from the name and the company became known as PERKO Inc. It was in 1916 that the Perko trademark was registered,
and it has been used ever since. The company still makes high quality marine lights and hardware out of its Miami, FL
facilities. For those that like the contrast of polished copper and galvanized iron, you
have to love these lights since nothing else will compare to their unique appearance.
Never Used condition
>Back showing hanger and maker’s
DIMENSIONS: Not counting bail, the lamp
is 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″. Lens size is 4-1/4″ x 4-3/4″. The diameter of the burner opening in the base 4 3/4″.
The bail adds 1 1/2″.Weightis a heavy 3 3 oz pounds each
are remarkably attractive lights, and the overall condition considering is “as new“. There are only a couple
of minor dents on the starboard light which has a perfect lens. The port lamp has only a couple of shallow impressions which
are almost unnoticeable. But its lens has 4 small chips on three of the ribs of its Fresnel. The modified burners