This marked tin torch from the Washington Terminal is a terrific find.
It is stamped WTCO in attractive serif Roman letters down the handle. The maker mark on the bottom is a J in a diamond, URBANA, O
Size is approximately 8 inches tall, and 4 inches diameter across the bottom.
CONDITION is extremely nice: it is straight and sound, with all the original soldering firmly in place. All seams and hems are tight and solid. There are a couple of minor, shallow surface dents documenting use (we emphasized the worst one in our pictures). The color and patina are very attractive, soft and dark. There is some surface staining on the bottom but NO surface rust damage. There is old wick that we have left in place.
Overall a really nice addition to any collection of railway tools or lighting related work hardware. The Washington Terminal Company is difficult to find artifacts from.
BACKGROUND: According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia: The WTCO was created in 1901 as a corporate entity to support the railroads that used Union Station in the city of Washington, D.C. The WTCO owned and operated the station together with approximately 5 miles of track in the surrounding area. A primary function was providing switching services for passenger trains.
At its beginning, ownership of the WTCO was shared by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington Railroad (which was controlled by the Pennsylvania Railroad). Over the years, it served other railways that used the facility including the Pennsylvania Railroad, Chesapeake & Ohio, Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad, Southern Railway, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. The terminal company's operations were taken over by Amtrak in 1981.
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