This good Southern Railway single guard Adlake Reliable lantern with a terrific clear cast globe is just waiting for a happy collector to display it! It can be enjoyed as is, but it is a perfect candidate to restore to "just left the factory" condition. It dates from the first decades of the 1900s.
THE FRAME is an Adlake Reliable with a single horizontal guard, complete with no missing or broken parts. It is stamped SOUTHERN RR on the top of the smoke dome around the raised center. Around the rim edge are numerous patent dates ranging from 1908 to 1923. We believe it was made during the 1920s-early 1930s. The globe retainer and spring are present inside the smoke dome. All solder is tight and present. The side loops ("ears") on this model are adjustable to let the bail handle swing freely or be locked upright. The handle itself is cocked a bit to one side but could be straightened. There are NO broken or missing wires anywhere and NO pitting. The fount and brass burner are correct and rust-free, and the wick raiser works.
Very minor issues: It sits "just not quite" flat on the table top. There are a few small spots of lightest surface rust in a couple of places. Someone in the past cleaned this up, and if you look hard (See our ENLARGED photo) you can find the slightest surface scratch marks, and a very few, small spots where the tin surface is scuffed, mostly on the cup that holds the fuel fount.
THE GLOBE is 5-3/8" tall, clear glass with REALLY nice casting: SOUTHERN is readily visible, crisp and sharp. There are no maker marks on the glass. There are NO cracks or chips. There are light rim scuffs (expected) -- the bottom rim has flakes (see our picture), but they are all on the base and can't be seen once the globe is in the frame; they do not affect anything and won't cause cracks. A few flecks of red paint must be leftovers from earlier days when someone decided to clean it up.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the Southern was a major railroad serving the American southeast. Formally becoming the Southern Railway in 1894, it was the product of nearly 150 predecessor lines that were combined, reorganized and recombined, beginning in the 1830s and became extremely important in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Louisiana. The Southern joined forces with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1982 to form the Norfolk Southern Corporation.
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Vintage Southern Railway Cast Tall Globe Adlake Reliable Railroad Lantern