This terrific old globe was made for a Dietz No. 6 railroad lantern. It is 6 inches tall. The glass is clear with superb, crisp, highly-raised embossed lettering spelling out NEW YORK CENTRAL. Made by the Corning Glass Company, on the other side near the top is cast Corning's CNX logo.
There are some expected scuffs and flakes on both top and bottom rims from use. There are NO cracks and no chips. We've left it as found with a bit of surface soot, which actually makes the details stand out more clearly. The glass is bright and clear with no signs of cloudiness.
Please see our last picture : There is a "straw mark" manufacturing flaw just above "New York." This line in the glass was caused by something (such as a piece of straw) being in the mold when the molten glass was poured into it . The foreign object was incinerated by the hot temperature, but its shape remains in the cooled glass, much like a fossil remains in stone. The straw mark causes no harm and we think it adds character.
BACKGROUND: The lantern frame for globes like this one was first made in 1895 by the Steam Gauge & Lantern Company of Syracuse, NY which shortly thereafter was purchased by the R. E. Dietz Co. Inc. in 1898. Dietz continued to make the model and in 1902, the Dietz catalog showed it as "The New York Central Pattern" lantern, boasting that the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad used it exclusively. In 1914, following reorganization, the NYC&HRR emerged as the New York Central Railroad. The Dietz No. 6 lantern continued in use, and other railway lines in addition to the NYC indeed purchased that model, but by 1920 was no longer being offered in Dietz catalogs. Information from: "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railraod Lighting: Vol. 1, The Railroad Lantern" (Barrett and Gross).
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