Originally made for the U.S. Navy during World War I, Deck and Dark lanterns were produced from around 1917 to roughly 1925.  They were sold after the war by numerous companies which included R. E. Dietz & Co., Perkins Marine Lamp Corporation, Universal Metal Spinning & Stamping Company and William Stegmueller & Company.  Made in brass and tin versions, the lanterns were very sturdy and well made. Although most lanterns during this period used a standard 5 3/8" pear shaped globe, Deck and Dark lanterns used a unique straight cylindrical globe that had four ribs running vertical on its sides.  This straight globe was necessary so the dark lanterns shield could be raised and lowered.  The lanterns burned kerosene which is housed in a sangster "pinch type" fount.  The fount clips into the bottom of the lantern.  The burner which is mounted on top of the fount is sometimes stamped with a name such as Dietz Convex, Simplex (E. Miller Co.), Wedge, or Vortex. Although most of these lanterns came with tie-down rings on the bellbottom base, I have yet to see a Universal Metal Spinning and Stamping Company lantern with tie-down rings.  Some of these lanterns, particularly the tin ones, may have been used on merchant ships.  The tin lanterns were less expensive and could provide protection as well.
    It is possible that these lanterns were used for interior lighting as well as exterior lighting.  The availability of different color globes (colors which were normally used as navigational lights) and the shield on the Dark lanterns are a strong case for outdoor use.  The Deck lantern with no shield would have had to be in an indoor location or easily extinguished in the event of enemy confrontation. 
    Any additional information regarding these lanterns would be greatly appreciated.  

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