Antique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad LanternAntique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad Lantern

This truly superb Adlake Reliable wire bottom railroad lantern from the Delaware & Hudson Railroad comes with a gorgeous flashed globe in rich, deep cherry red, strongly cast with a large "the D&H" script logo. It dates from the earliest 1900s, during the time the D&H was transitioning from a canal company to overland rail transportation. By its markings, we can estimate it was made between 1913 (its last patent date) and 1928 (the year the D&H changed its name from "Company" to "Railroad"-- see below). It needs nothing except a shelf for display and a good collector to admire it.

THE FRAME is stamped on the very top The Adams & Westlake Co.. / "Adlake Reliable" with a last patent date of 1913. On the edge of the smoke dome it is stamped D&H CO. As shown and discussed in "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting, Volume 1: The Railroad Lantern" (by Barrett and Gross), the Adams & Westlake Company manufactured several versions of their "Reliable" model, beginning about 1912. This particular individual is the model with two horizontal wire guards and an insert fount.

CONDITION: The metal is in extremely nice condition with no rust, no pitting and no dents, even on the "button" on the very top of the smoke dome. The stamping is all clear and distinct. There are no missing parts or broken pieces. The soldering is all strong and none is missing. A double wire "ear" on each side of the frame allows the bail handle to swing freely or be locked upright. At some time in the past, the frame was painted red, most of which has worn away. The fount is in extremely nice condition with the correct brass burner and absolutely no rust or other damage. The wick raiser works.

MINOR ISSUES: (1) If you look closely, you can see that while it sits perfectly flat on a table top, it leans just slightly to the left. (2) A previous owner made a drainage hole in the bottom of the cup that holds the fount (which likely prevented rust); the hole does not show for display. (3) The red paint is distinctly not original, but it indeed is old and we think it adds character.

THE GLOBE is thick, heavy and strongly cast with "the D&H" script logo. This is a FLASHED (cased) glass globe: looking through the rim chips, you can see the clear glass underneath the red glass coating. It is old enough that it may well be the original that accompanied the frame. The color is a fabulous, deepest red that appears almost black until light shines through it. It is in lovely condition with no scuffing and no chips or cracks, only tiny flakes and nicks on both rims, expected from use. Very unusual -- it has a 1902 patent date and number cast around the top rim.

BACKGROUND: The Delaware & Hudson began in Pennsylvania as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, carrying freight and passengers over waterways between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers. Over the decades it grew and expanded east and north into upper New York state. Looking to the future, it added land transportation business as railroads began to flourish. Beginning to leave the outmoded canals behind. it reorganized in 1898 as the Delaware & Hudson Company, moving increasingly away from the water and onto land until 1928, when the D&H was reorganized again -- into the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, a loud and clear statement it was now strictly a railroad operation. After one more reorganization in 1968, the present incarnation of the D&H is operating today under the ownership of the Canadian Pacific railway.


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Antique Delaware & Hudson Company Adams & Westlake Adlake Reliable Red Cast "the D&H" Script Logo Railroad Lantern

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