Dietz #3 Police Lantern, circa. 1890. The Dietz Police Lantern models came in four different configurations, it is estimated that this model is the first of the four types. The first manufactured models featured two hand grips and a belt clip. Police lanterns were sometimes called "Dark Lanterns" as the brightness of the lantern could be adjusted or hidden as the operator chose. These models of lantern were able to use kerosene, candles, or whale oil. They were cheaply manufactured with sheet metal and a tin overlay.

Date of Entry


Lantern Type

Inspector's Lantern

Material Type

Sheet Metal

Height (Inches)

6 3/4

Height with Handle Extended (inches)

6 3/4




History | United States History



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Dietz #3 Police Lantern


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