Adlake Railroad Switch Lamp w 4 Reflective Lenses

This is an Adlake Non-Sweating Switch Lamp with terrific possibilities - it has been converted to scarce 5-3/8" reflective lenses. We could describe its condition as "complete-plus" because the original 4-1/2" lens mounts are still in place behind the larger ones, and it could be changed back very easily if desired.

Everything about this lamp is in extremely good condition. There are only three insignificant "issues" : (1) there are some black paint flakes here and there from use, which is expected; and (2) the flat "strap hinge" closure at the base of the ventilated smoke dome (see our 1st, and 4th and 9th photos down) is tight and needs coaxing to open (the large hinge below it, that works with a turn-knob, is in fine working condition); and (3) some light surface rust is surface-only.

The lamp stands straight and sound on a flat surface (ready to mount on a stand if you like). The black paint is original. There are no splits, dents or cracks. Most important, all four glass lenses (two red, two blue) are in fine condition with NO cracks, chips or scuffs. The glass peep hole is present without damage. All gaskets and rings are present. The inside bracket arm to support a fount/burner is present.

IMPORTANT: The inside fount/burner is gone, apparently removed when the lamp was converted to reflective lenses, since the inside flame was no longer necessary. The original four smaller glass lenses are not present, either. (NOTE: we can supply a correct fount/burner, as well as the correct 4-1/2" glass lenses at an additional charge.)

There are no RR line markings on this lamp. It is marked on top in raised letters: THE ADLAKE NON-SWEATING LAMP CHICAGO .

As train collectors will know, reflective lenses are very hard to find. According to "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting, Vol. 2: The Railroad Signal Lantern" (Barrett) this type of reflective lens was first made about 1940 by the Corning Glass Company. Consisting of two special lenses sealed with a brass housing to protect a silvered reflecting surface, they were used primarily to reflect the light of an oncoming train and were made in a 5-3/8-inch size.

Using Barrett, we also identified our lamp as a Number 275 square-top ventilation steel bodied model, made by the Adams & Westlake Company ("Adlake" is a combination of the names). It's a lamp (stationary use) not a lantern (meant to be carried).

Item ID: 1188


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