This is a hard to find "Adlake No. 100 Kero" model railroad lantern. This one was made for the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and comes with a gorgeous deep ruby globe cast NYNH&HRR in an oval panel. The frame lid is stamped identically. It is also stamped "ADLAKE No. 100 KERO" on the very top of the smoke dome. An identical lantern (including the red cast globe and New Haven markings) is shown on page 68 of "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting: Vol 1" (Richard Barrett).
Our lantern is in excellent display condition. It is complete, sound and solid and all original, except that it has a coat of old black paint on the lid. Patent dates stamped around the outer edge of the rim range from 1903 to 1913. It is a terrific example of this oddball model, which is nearly identical to the more common Adlake Reliable. However, according to Barrett, the No. 100 has an oversize globe retainer for a shorter, 4-inch globe, and they were made with kerosene burners.
THE FRAME is complete with nothing missing or broken. It has a single wire guard. It sits 90% flat on a table top; it is straight with no tilting or leaning. The top stamping shows light-moderate wear from normal railroad service, but NO broken or missing parts. The "button" top is fine with NO dents. The handle is the combination swing/lock model (its side "ears" either lock the bail upright or allow it to swing). The welding on the frame is solid with no breaks. The "holes" in the cup holding the fount are drain holes.
The fount is correct and original with an odd, round wick and marked KEROSENE OIL ONLY. The wick raiser works freely. The burner unscrews readily. NOTE: there is "something" inside the font that we can't get out (due to the small round hole) and it rattles when you shake the fount.
THE GLOBE is gorgeous, a rich deep ruby red. There is NO damage other than the expected surface scuffs and bumps on the rim edges documenting use. The casting is sharp and clear in an oval panel. On the opposite side is a large Corning Glass CNX logo above a cast MADE IN U.S.A.
Globe height is approximately 4 inches. Interestingly, it is also cast TOP above the New Haven panel to help make sure a railway employee would get it into the frame correctly. Because the top rim is approximately 3.5 inches outside diameter, and the bottom 3.25 inches -- only about one-fourth of an inch different -- it was easy for anyone trying to hurry to drop the globe in the wrong way up.
Overall, this is a fine example of a hard to find early member of the Adams & Westlake "Kero family." It is just fine to display as is, or it is well deserving of a full restoration to its original tin if you prefer.
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