This Adlake Kero No. 250 is a fine example of a short globe lantern from the Central Vermont Railway. It is stamped CVRY on the top of the smoke dome, and comes with a red glass globe that is factory etched C.V.RY. and very possibly original to this frame. This lantern needs nothing and would be a fine addition to any collection.
THE GLOBE is warm ruby red, a strong color that is hard to see through. It is factory etched C.V.RY. below a strongly embossed ADLAKE KERO. It is also embossed with the Corning Glass Company's CNX mark. There are no cracks or chips, only light scuffing on both rim edges, expected from use. The "Adlake Kero" cast lettering is a plus; not all Kero globes received this mark.
THE FRAME is straight, sound and in good working condition -- a perfect candidate for a full restoration, if you wish. It has an old coat of flat black paint that has protected it from rust. There is no pitting and NO surface rust - unusual for a model No. 250, in which the flatter tops tended to rust out quickly. The base sits about 90% flat on a table top. There are NO broken parts, and it is totally complete including the thumb latch and globe retainer inside the smoke dome. The bail handle swings freely or can be locked upright. All the solder is strong and none is missing. Inside, the cup holding the fuel font is clean and rust free. The drop-in fount is rust free. It is stamped USE LONG BURNING FUEL ONLY, and the burner has an outside wick raiser that turns readily.
All of the stamping on the lid is distinct and legible, including multiple patent dates stamped around the rim. The latest date, 1923, is Patent Pending, which leads us to believe this particular lantern is an earlier one. likely dating from between the later 1920s into the 1930s. The No. 250, an early version of the Adams & Westlake Company's "Adlake Kero" lantern, was replaced by the No. 300 and No. 400 models.
ISSUES: "Nit picking" : There are some very minor bumps/shallow dents on the very top of the smoke dome and the thumb latch is a little bit fussy about closing.
BACKGROUND: The Central Vermont Railway came into existence following an 1899 reorganization of its predecessor Central Vermont Railroad. The CVRY was an important transportation operation in the U.S. states of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York, as well as the Canadian province of Quebec. It connected Montreal, Quebec, with New London, Connecticut, using a route along the shores of Lake Champlain, through the Green Mountains and along the Connecticut River valley. It also connected Montreal to Boston, Massachusetts, through a connection with the Boston &Maine Railroad at White River Junction, Vermont.