The history of Rhewum hurricane lanterns is considerably shorter than the other well-known names from Germany. Rhewum was founded in 1927 as Rheinische Werkzeug und Masschinenfabrik in Remscheid. This company originated from Alexander Gassinger & Co. AG. In the beginning, the company mainly produced cooking pots and was also a supplier to the aircraft industry. Rhewum started after the Second World War in 1947/1949, presumably because Feuerhand no longer had production, and Rhewum saw opportunities. From 1949 to 1960 has produced eight different storm lanterns.
Rhewum is still in business but hasn't produced storm lanterns since the 1960s
The Meva company is located in Raudnitz in the Czech Republic. The characteristic of this brand is the logo with three torches. The company was founded in 1898. The production of storm lanterns continued until 2006. Meva has produced storm lamps for various other manufacturers, for BAT, for the Wuppertaler Lampenfabrik, and Chalwyn, the Chalwyn Tropic.
It's not known when the company started for this brand. The full company name was Chalwy Lamps Limited. In the beginning, the company James Croll Limited produced the storm lanterns, but after the Second World War started, their production in Parkstone. Chalwyn Wild Limited of London handled sales.
After the war, things started well, which also had consequences due to the lack of production of storm lanterns from Germany. In the years that followed, the company grew, and production became very efficient. In the 50's/60, there were four models of storm lanterns, the Chalwyn Tropic, the Chalwyn Far East, the Chalwyn Tempest, and the Chalwyn Pilot. After the war, an average of 50,000 storm lamps were produced daily, and over 20 years, Chalwyn produced approximately 30 million lanterns. Chalwyn mainly served the market in Africa, the French colonies, and the Middle East.
Chalwyn also had several models of storm lanterns made by Dietz. Chalwyn has also launched the Lynx and Tornado models. The Dutch army also used the Lynx. These are equipped with the Kero brand.
Chalwyn from the 60s The production of storm lanterns in South Africa started in the 1960s. This became a subsidiary of the English branch. The charity was sold to South African shareholders in 1970. The competition in the 60s was more intense. As a result, Chalwyn also started to sell more other products. The name changed to Chalwyn Limited. Storm sales continued but declined due to competition. The production also declined and ceased in 1970. After this, Chalwyn had several storm lanterns produced by others, including Mewa. In the 1990s, it moved to China, but this was eventually stopped due to logistics and quality problems. Afterward, the Chalwyn Tropic and the Chalwyn Far East production was moved back. Probably going to Meva again, but this also stopped eventually. I suspect this coincides with the cessation of production of Meva in 2006. Chalwyn has produced many storm lanterns and many lanterns for road workers. You can still see these a lot in the garden for decoration. More about Chalwyn For even more information and photos about chalwyn and their special lanterns used in road works
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The abbreviation ALG stands for Brothers Adrien & Louis Guillouard; nowadays, the company is only called Guillouard. Founded in 1911, this French company manufactures many different products, and from 1914 ALG also started producing storm lanterns and continues to do so to this day. ALG has acquired fame with the Luciole and Marine storm lamps. ALG's storm lamps were also exported to Africa.
In addition, they are also manufacturers of watering cans, other garden supplies, kitchen items, and feeders. The production of the storm lanterns remained in Nantes until 2016, after which production moved to other parts of France and Europe. According to an expert, the current storm lanterns are still high quality.
The well known Luciole, FireFly still in production