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Original WWII Japanese Navy IJN Morse Code Kerosene Signal Lamp In Case - Named USGI Bring Back

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Original Item: Only One Available. We’ve never seen this type of lantern before, and have only found one other example that has been sold in the past. From what we can see, these are exceedingly rare. This is a Kerosene-powered Signal lamp, used by the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII to send Morse Code signals. It comes complete in the original transit case with 4 of the original 6 clip on filters for the front of the lamp. There are two red, one green, and one translucent white filter.

The lantern appears to be mostly complete, just missing some small screws in various places, such as on the retainer for the rear reflector, and on the base of the housing. The sliding side door still opens, as does the lower access door. The "iris" type shutter on the inside is fully functional, moving smoothly between the open and closed position. We have no way of telling whether the lamp is still functional, however we assume that it will not work as is, and would require restoration to be a functional again.

The wooden transit chest measures 13 3/4 inches wide, 11 inches tall and 8 3/4 inches deep. The top and outside bear Japanese markings, as well as the address of the soldier it was sent back to:

To: Mr. H. A. Triptow
3711 Portland Ave
Cincinnati Ohio

From what we can tell, H. A. Triptow was the father of Armin H Triptow, as we have researched the address and name. Armin Triptow was born 06 October 1917, and passed away August 1978. We have not found any information on his service yet, making this an excellent research opportunity.

An extremely rare type of lantern, complete in it's original CASE, a real USGI Bring back, ready to display!

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