A truly excellent addition to any good collection of railroad lanterns, or a great way to start a new collection! This good lantern is from the New York, Ontario & Western Railway, which operated only 541 miles of track -- relics are not easy to find, and here is a good one ! It is very clean and needs nothing.
Manufactured by the R. E. Dietz Company, this is a "Lo-Top" Vesta model tubular lantern, which first appeared in Dietz catalogs in the mid-1920s. There is no date on this individual lantern. It probably was made in the 1930s-1940s.
THE FRAME is all original, straight and sound and complete with no broken or missing parts. The correct maker stamping is sharp and clear on the top of the smoke dome. On the lid is an exceptionally crisp stamping N.Y.O.&W. All solder is tight and secure. There is no pitting, no pinholes and no rust with the exception of the slightest hint of surface rust on the very top. The twist-off fount/burner assembly is easily removed. The wick raiser is stiff but works.
IMPORTANT: this lantern does not sit quite flat on a table top: it tilts slightly back and forth, from being bumped during its working days. This can be rectified if you wish, but it displays beautifully as is. The surface rust on the very top that can be cleaned off if you wish (or display as is, it will not worsen unless it's in a damp environment). We do not clean our metal items.
THE GLOBE is an appealing, rich, deep cherry red, molded with a top shoulder and short extended base. This distinct shape was specifically made for Dietz Vesta lanterns by the Corning Glass company. The Corning CNX logo is embossed near the top. There are NO chips, cracks or repairs on the globe. There are expected light scuffs on the rims from use.
IMPORTANT COLLECTOR NOTE: The NYO&W never ordered or used Dietz Vesta lanterns with railroad-marked globes. This globe has no railroad marking, which is correct. Steer clear of any Vesta globe with O&W markings on it -- it is a fake!
BACKGROUND: The New York, Ontario & Western Railway was a Northeast regional railroad with origins in 1868, lasting until March 29, 1957. Headquartered in New York, NY, it ran through northern New Jersey, New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. It played an important role carrying passengers between the metropolitan city region and the lower Catskill Mountain resort areas. The NYO&W operated only 541 miles of track - a very short line!
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