Near Mint & Authentic "Dressel Railway Lamp Works,New York" manufactured Railroad Platform Siding Oil Lantern !!! Ca. 1900.
Ca. 1880 to 1920. Original Kerosene Lantern which has Never been Electrified.
Professional Restoration consists of Cleaning down to to the bare metal, two solder joints repaired, and Re-Painted Black by hand to re-create faint original brush strokes. (Back Plate, Bottom Plate, and Interior left Un-Painted as Original) Excellent Mercury Reflector with original Tin in back. Perfect Fitting Glass Fount is embossed underneath "Bradley's Security Factory Lamp". Burner is a # 2 size and has the Chimney Spring Loaded wire tensioning device still intact. Chimney fits perfectly snug inside the prongs and the spring wire loop.
Built with the turn of the Century State of the Art "Galvanized Sheet Metal" which has withstood 100 years of age without a single Rust Hole ! Hammered Copper Rivets re-enforce the Soldered Mounting Straps, and the 4 Metal Caps act as feet, and a Wire Loop to Carry away for filling, or safekeeping.
In 30 years of collecting & dealing Antiques, this is the only "Dressel Platform Lantern" that I have personally had "For Sale".
Stands 19 inches High from base to top of Wavy Flue Crown. The Width is 10 1/2 inches and it is 9 inches Deep from front door to back wall.
Weighs 8 Pounds and 4.8 Ounces Completely assembled. ________________________________________________
History of George Dressel Company History : (Est. 1880's) The company was founded by George Dressel in the 1880's and focused primarily on the Railroad Lamp Market. Dressel Railway Lamp Works : 1895 - 1920 Dressel Manufacturing Corporation : 1920 - 1928 Lovell-Dressel Company : 1928 - 1968
Later known as Lovell-Dressel Lanterns The Lovell-Dressel Company reflected the heritage of two companies. One company was founded by F.H. Lovell around the time of the Civil War and came to be known primarily as a maker of marine lamps. The other company was founded by George Dressel in the 1880's and focused primarily on the Railroad Lamp Market.
Eventually the latter company became known as the Dressel Railway Lamp Works. The F.H. Lovell Company acquired the Dressel Railway Lamp Works in the 1920's but continued to use the Dressel name in marketing. Eventually the name was changed to the Lovell-Dressel Company, and in the late 1960's the company was absorbed into the Adams & Westlake Company.
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