Matching Pair of Early Punched Tin Whale Oil Signal Lanterns. attributed to Railroad use circa 1850's !!!
Attribution ; Believed to be used by Railroads in the 1850's to 1860's, to warn oncoming engines about Stopped Cars on the tracks, due to their Narrow & Limited White Light Outputs. Imagine lining up the White Frosted Lens on the Tracks towards any oncoming Trains, with only a peep hole in the back letting you know that was still lit. The Small Tubes mounted on the tops are not chimneys, since they do not go through the roofs. They were evidently used for "Early Wood Match Holders" since they are too small a diameter to hold a candle.
There are two glass Windows on Both Lanterns. The Large one is a Convex magnifier "Frosted Bulls-Eye Lens", and the other are flat "Clear Glass Peep-Holes".
These Lanterns both have round Bail Handles. Each internal Fount is only 2 inches in Diameter.
Both Early 7/8 inch threaded Brass String Burners are marked "C. Cowles & Co." and "E. Miller & Co. Made in U.S.A."
Restoration ; Found in Original Black, and restored using the same matching Water-Based Black Paint. See the Before & After Photos.
Last 4 photos are the worn "Before Paint Restoration". Both Rain Caps, and Founts are newly made restorations by a Tinsmith to fit the Ring bases, and the Flame Height to center of Lenses perfectly. Both Early Brass String Burners are provided, but there is a possibility that the originals could have been twin-tube Whale Oil burners because of the Lanterns ages.
Measurements ; Overall 15 inches from base to top of bail handle,. Lantern's alone are 12 inches High, and 6 inches in diameter.
PAIR of Early Punched Tin Whale-Oil Lanterns Circa 1850's !!!