This early Central Vermont Railway tall globe lantern with its gorgeous cobalt globe would be a fine addition to any good railroad collection! Made by Armspear, it is stamped CVRY on the lid. On top of the beehive style smoke dome i, strong stamping, is ARMSPEAR MAN'FG CO NEW YORK The latest patent date of the group stamped into the side Aug 19 '13 (1913).
This lantern dates from the very early 1900s, not terribly long after the Central Vermont Railway emerged in 1899 from a reorganization of its predecessor, the Central Vermont Railroad.
Please look at our photos for a better idea of condition.
THE GLOBE is a fabulous, rich, true cobalt blue. It is thick, heavy glass and in superb condition. There are a few expected rim scuffs, but NO cracks or chips. This was made by KOPP, and has their logo near the top -- stamped a bit light, and hard to see, but definitely there!
THE FRAME is complete, overall straight and sound. Its wire bottom sits flat on a table top. All the wire guards and solder are solid. The fuel pot and burner are extremely nice and the wick raiser works. The globe retainer and spring are present inside the smoke dome with soot and slight surface-only rust on them. Also authenticating actual use, the bail handle tilts slightly to one side and there are slight surface bumps here and there. The worst is a very shallow, small dent on the very top of the smoke dome -
PLEASE NOTE the frame has noticeable surface crud from use. and also some light surface rust (mostly on the cup that holds the fuel fount). The surface has a rough feel, rather than pitting.
IMPORTANT: About the only real issue with this lantern is the rust holes in the bottom of the cup that holds the fount and surface rust on the outside bottom. PLEASE SEE OUR PICTURES. This could be repaired, if desired, or left as-is because it will not worsen if the lantern is displayed in a normal home environment.
Railroad lanterns were equipped with globes of several different colors. Cobalt blue is difficult to find because fewer were made than some of the other colors. It was (and still is) a safety warning used to protect workers by signaling that track ahead was closed, or that a piece of equipment was not to be moved. Because of serious risk to life and limb, penalties for not observing a blue safety signal are some of the most severe a railroad company can impose on workers.
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Early 1900s Central Vermont Railway Cobalt Blue Tall Globe Armspear Railroad Lantern