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This Maine Central Railroad tall globe lantern is an early 1900s Adlake Reliable. It is a double wire guard model, all original, with a latest patent date of 1913 clearly stamped on the rim. It is complete and is in extremely nice display condition, having been cleaned and lightly clear-coated by a former owner. All it needs is a shelf to sit on and be admired, but if you want, a few tweaks could put it into the condition it was when it left the factory.

The smoke dome is strongly stamped M.C.R.R and on the very top is stamped The Adams & Westlake Company "ADLAKE" RELIABLE . We know this is a Maine lantern, as it belonged to a serious, long-time Maine resident collector.

All the stamping is sharp and clear. There is absolutely NO surface rust on the frame -- even inside the base that holds the fuel font and inside the smoke dome are EXCEPTIONALLY clean. All the soldering is intact and well applied. There are no missing parts. The "ear" arrangement at the top of the frame allows the bail handle to swing or be locked upright.

The tall globe is intense cobalt blue -- rich, deep color that is difficult to see through. There are no chips or cracks, only expected light scuffing on the edges of both rims. There are no markings on the glass.

ISSUES: (1) The ONLY dent is a single tiny crunch below the word "Reliable" on the very top edge of the smoke dome. (2) The fuel pot is correct, but there is solder repair on the bottom and all over lightest surface rust. The burner is correct but the wick raiser does not turn. (3) MOST IMPORTANT (but minor) is that the lantern does not sit quite flat on a table top; the frame tilts to one side. This could be rectified by slightly bending side support wires at the base, but we do not tamper with "railroad use" caused cosmetic concerns. The lantern can be stood so the tilt does not show.

COLLECTOR NOTE: True blue is the most serious warning signal color in railway operations, used to protect workers and equipment from harm. The term "Blue Flag" was adopted from the first use of a cloth flag as the color warning. A blue flagged locomotive or other piece of equipment was not be moved if this lantern was hung on it, because employees working on or around them would be in danger of being seriously injured or even killed. Hung along the track, a blue lantern means that portion is closed and cannot be entered. Violations of "Blue Flag" warnings are among the most strongly penalized in the industry.

Item ID: 9.323


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Early 1900s Maine Central Railroad Tall Blue Globe Lantern MCRR

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