Vintage Winchester Flashlights
The Winchester ad on the right was taken from a 1956 Winchester catalog, sent in by Tom L. from Ohio. Thanks Tom for sharing this, (not in my collection).
Winchester was an Olin Industries company. Bond and Winchester may have had a connection in 1937 when Bond moved near Winchester to New Haven, Connecticut. Olin bought Bond around 1946 and both Winchester and Bond merged together officially around 1949 with Olin. Both Bond and Winchester began to advertise that they were a division of Olin Industries. You will see all 3 names on the end cap as early as 1941.
Winchester also make flashlights for other company's and under different brand names, such as, Barney & Berry, Armax, Simmons Steady Lite, Rexall Scout and Burgess to name a few. Did other company's make flashlights for Winchester? That I do not know. Maybe?
If you look at the flashlight below to the left of the gray Winchester, it looks just like the 1950 Bright Star flashlight. So which company made it? Could it be made by another company altogether and sold to both Bright Star and Winchester, and then they printed their names on the flashlights. The names are also on the end cap. Another flashlight mystery
All you need to do now is move your mouse pointer over a vintage flashlight to view an enlarged photo and a short description on each flashlight.
1935 Winchester w/Red Button Switch
Ruby Red Translucent Head - Bullet End - C Cell
(6 1/2 inches long)
1940 Winchester Chrome light w/ Red Button Switch - D Cell
Ruby Red Translucent Head w/Ring Hanger
(7 inches long)
1950 Winchester w/Red safety Guard
2 D Cell
1939 Winchester Flashlight w/Gray Body
Red Translucent Head w/Ring Hanger
D Cell (7 inches long)
Winchester Focusing Flashlight with Ring Hanger
Patented Dates 1920 and 1923 Located on Switch Body
Pat. Dates 1923, 1925 and 1926 Located on Body Tube
1949 Winchester - Olin - Bond Focusing Flashlight
Black casing body with red button Switch
All 3 Names on Tail Cap (6 1/2 inches long)
1938 Winchester 3 in 1 Flashlight 3 Bulbs/3 Switch
Winchester Flashlight w/Ribbed Body and Glass Dome
1920 Winchester Nickel Plated Body Model 6411
Pat Date on Body (1919, 1920) Pat Date on Switch (1920)
2 C Cell (5 1/2 inches long)
1920 Winchester Vulcanie Body
2 C Cell