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How Old Is That Eveready Flashlight?

Anyone who collects flashlights wants to know how old each one is. With Eveready flashlights, determining the year of manufacture is not easy for a few reasons:

If you're a collector, you have probably spent countless hours comparing your flashlights to examples shown in old catalogs and guide books hoping to find a "match". If you were lucky you might have found a similar item and identified the model and the year it was made. All to often, though, we are left without a positive ID.

In doing our research, we've learned about certain features of Eveready flashlights that can be used to help us determine the approximate date of manufacture. Compiled here for your use is some of what we have learned along the way. We hope you find this information useful.

We do not guarantee the accuracy of the contents of this webpage in any way. The information given here was gleaned from several sources and subject to my interpretation. There may be, and probably are, errors carried over from the original source material as well as errors introduced by myself. Therefore, use this information as a guide only and apply your own good judgement.

If you can contribute additional information, have comments, or can correct any errors found here, feel free to contact us by email.


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Dating by end cap When the various logos were used.
Dating by switch design When the various switches were used.
Dating by model number When certain models were made.
Dating by other means Miscellaneous clues.


Dating Eveready Flashlights by End Cap Logos.

Eveready has changed the style of its logo several times over the years and it is well known when each variation was employed. This is an easy way to approximate the date the end cap was manufactured, but since they were easily interchangeable, you can't be sure the correct end cap is on your flashlight. The manufacturer may have used up old stock parts before using new parts or perhaps a previous owner replaced the end cap for some reason. (In our own collection, we have a Winchester flashlight with an Eveready end cap).

Refer to the pictures below to determine the aproximate date of manufacture for a particular end cap.

Similar to the logo shown on the left, except "EVEREADY" is in the center.

R over E on 3 shields

1901 to 1914

EVEREADY on 3 shields

1915 to 1916

EVEREADY DAYLO

1917 to 1920

Similar to the logo shown on the right, except there are four lines of text in the center between the words "EVEREADY" and "FLASHLIGHT".

1921 to 1923

EVEREADY FLASHLIGHT

1924 to 1929

EVEREADY - MADE IN USA

1930 to 1950

Similar to the logo shown on the left, except on a round end cap.

MADE IN USA - EVEREADY TRADE MARK

Circa 1950

MADE IN USA - EVEREADY TRADE MARK

Circa 1950's through 1970's

MADE IN USA - EVEREADY TRADE MARK - UNION CARBIDE

1960's through 1970's?

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Dating Eveready Flashlights by Switch Design.

A flashlight's on/off switch is one of the distinct features we can use to determine when a flashlight was made. In looking at old advertisements, we can see how manufacturers used their proprietary switch designs as selling points. Of course, switches were patented and sometimes the manufacturer would put the patent number right on the switch. You can determine the year a patent number was issued, unfortunately, Eveready usually did not include patent numbers on their flashlights.

Eveready employed a number of different switch designs over the years. For economy, they often used the same switch on a number of different models. Sometimes, though, two examples of the same model flashlight can be found with different switch designs! Again, it seems they may have been using up their old supply of parts before using the new parts. Apparently they were very cost conscious.

The photographs below identify some of the various types of Eveready switches and the approximate range of years they were used.

Four-Rivet Square Switch. 1922 to 1936

The predominant features of this industrial-looking switch are the square (actually rectangular) shape of the switch assembly and the four rivets used to attach it to the case. Mounted on top of the rectangular housing is a slide with a large round metallic momentary contact button.

There are two variations defined by the type of rivets used. The older type of rivet had a hole in the center which made it look like a ring. The later rivets were solid, with no hole.

This switch was used on many different models from about 1922 to 1936. Apparently it was well made as I have several flashlights with this type switch and all of them still work well!

4-rivet switch

Four-Rivet Square Switch with "open" rivets. 1922 to 1926. Four-Rivet Square Switch with "solid" rivets. 1927 to 1936

Both flashlights shown above are "Case No. 2630" models.

One-Rivet Boat-tail Switch. 1937 to 1952

This switch is easily recognized by its distinctive tapered shape. At first glance it appears that two rivets are used to secure the switch to the case. Upon closer examination, one can see that only the rear rivet is attached to the case. The forward end of the switch is secured to the case by means of a tab slipped into a slot in the case. The rivet near the Eveready name is presumably for the switch's internal parts. Mounted on top of the housing is a slide with a black plastic momentary contact button.

It is difficult to see from the picture below, but there are two variations of this switch. The one on the left has a narrow flange along the left and right sides. The one on the right has considerably wider side flanges and the slide's flat surfaces have parallel corrugations running front to rear. We are unsure at this time why these two variations exist. We think its probably a result of different manufacturing vintages and the wide flange type is probably the older one.

This switch was used over a very long period of time, and is found on many different flashlight models.

1-rivet boat-tail switch

One-Rivet Boat-tail switch with narrow side-flanges.

Model #2251 "Automatic Spotlight"

One-Rivet Boat-tail switch with wide side-flanges and corrugations.

Unknown model focusing light.

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Dating Eveready Flashlights by Model Number.

With a few exceptions, Eveready chose not to put a model number on the flashlight itself. We are unaware of a comprehensive list of models sold by Eveready, so we have developed a partial list of our own. The model numbers and associated dates of manufacture were taken from catalog illustrations and from published flashlight collector's guide books.

Model numbers may appear in the list with different dates, because they were found in different sources associated with that particular date. Some were found in catalogs from a certain year. Others were in photos in reference books which gave the dates indicated. Often one model number followed a particular flashlight as it evolved over a span of time. Other times the same model number was used at different times for flashlights that had nothing else in common!

If you are so fortunate as to have a flashlight with a model number, or "case number" as Eveready called them, you may find it on the list below. Only flashlights with tubular cases are listed.

MODEL #

YEAR

250

1936

251

1936

351

1934

351

1936

1251

1993

2250

1939

2251

1939

2251

1952

2251

1961

2253

1935

2354

1935

2503

1904

2504

1904

2505

1904

2506

1904

2507

1904

2508

1904

2509

1904

2510

1904

2511

1904

2512

1904

2513

1904

2514

1904

2517

1904

2518

1904

2519

1904

2520

1904

2521

1904

2522

1904

2600

1930

2602

1914

2602

1915

2602

1925

2602

1926

2603

1930

2604

1914

2604

1915

2604

1916

2604

1925

2604

1930

2604

1936

2604

1936

2605

1926

2606

1914

2606

1915

2608

1914

2610

1914

2612

1913

2612

1914

2612

1914

2612

1915

2614

1914

2615

1914

2616

1914

2616

1914

2616

1915

2616

1915

2616

1930

MODEL #

YEAR

2619

1914

2619

1915

2619

1930

2619

1936

2619

1939

2621

1914

2623

1914

2625

1914

2625

1915

2626

1914

2626

1915

2627

1914

2627

1915

2631

1918

2634

1924

2642

1930

2642

1936

2642

1939

2645

1930

2645

1936

2645

1939

2654

1926

2660

1918

2660

1925

2661

1939

2663

1936

2663

1939

2664

1936

2664

1939

2665

1930

2671

1930

2671

1933

2671

1936

2671

1936

2671

1939

2672

1930

2672

1936

2697

1938

2902

1904

2904

1904

2905

1904

2906

1904

2911

1904

2912

1904

2918

1904

3251

1936

3251

1939

3254

1939

3259

1939

3266

1931

3351

1939

3354

1939

8251

1939

8351

1937

8351

1939

9231

1939

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Dating Eveready Flashlights by Other Means.

Here are a few other clues to help date your item:

Hanger Loop Eveready began incorporating a hanger loop, or ring, on the end cap of some of their flashlights in 1926.
Case Material Vulcanized fiber seems to have been discontinued around 1922. Nickel plate was used prior to 1920. Chrome plate was used from around 1920 on.
Painted Cases Some models were painted beginning around 1920.
Reflectors Painted reflectors were used prior to 1921. Mirrored reflectors were made from around 1921 on.
"Cells" or "Unit Cells" Any text on flashlights regarding use of "Cells" or "Unit Cells" began in 1921.
"Masterlite" The original Masterlite models 2354 and 2253 were made in 1935 and are highly valued. In 1950 another Masterlite model was produced which had a "square" case and a round button on the switch. (This later model is worth considerably less than the 1935 models).
PR Lamps Pre-focused or "PR" type light bulbs were introduced in 1937. Focusing flashlights continued to be made at least into the 1940's.

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