It burns bright, and I love the shape of the globe. However, some people don't like the odor of kerosene. If an original was only made in clear, any colored examples would obviously be highly suspect. I created the railroad crossbuck to give it more visual appeal. Antique lamps showing identification by Handel, Pairpoint, Tiffany, Pittsburgh Pilabrasgo Co. In regards to paint, I've been asked whether someone should use gloss, semi-gloss, or flat finish.
It has an angular font, a nice scroll pattern around the foot and a set in brass collar. This 639B still produces 500 candlepower from a single mantle and run on kerosene fuel. Armspear lantern for Pennsylvania Railroad. When this happens, the best course of action is to smother the lantern with an inverted pail or bucket, or dirt. The image above shows a lunar white lens on the left, and a purple lens on the right. The very nature of operating a train and a train yard means that you have to have a means of communication. It has all the same bells and whistles, including the electronic ignition and simplistic design to make it easy to use.
If you buy a lamp at a garage sale, ask the sale operator about the lamp. It's a great reference and research tool. This kerosene 639 lantern from around 1978 is slightly larger than its forerunners and has a larger mantle. Came across a website that sells parts and stuff. Don't assume because it's old that it's valuable. Paraffin oil has a much higher viscosity and a flash point of 200 degrees or higher, as compared to the flash point of 150 degrees for kerosene. I just like the fact that these devices were used by hardworking blue collar men, on our nation's railways in the dead of night.
Aladdin caboose lamp Adlake lantern for Florida East Coast Railway. This one is dated April 1960, and we have another from October 1953 that is missing its globe. If someone has these items for sale, let me know. Crossing gate lamps were used as markers at crossing gates. This one, dated September 1965, was likely mounted in a caboose at one point in its life. I know I could make a little money on it, but this is a hobby that I have a passion for, so I'm not in it to make money. Below is a listing of my pages on railroad lanterns and lamps:.
Prior to about 1948 Coleman used a numbering system which had one number on the left, the last digit of the year, and a number on the right which was the month. This website is an image collection of models of liquid fueled pressure lanterns, lamps, stoves, heaters, and irons. It is essentially a two-mantle version of the same lantern. Notice the bracket on the side that was used to connect it to the wagon. As the fuel level drops, the oil temperature rises and expands, regardless of the oil you are using.
Connections on the new Cathedral lamp are solid brass. Lamps on the other hand, generally had a sheet metal or cast metal body and used lenses to amplify the internal light source. Pure acetone has no effect on the modern glue. The yellow lens looks more like amber or orange, but it's still officially yellow. Drain the tank, and allow to dry in the sun, or use a blow dryer on low to completely eva. Overall, the clear glass kerosene lamp is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks or damage of any kind.
But once you start drilling holes and removing parts you negatively impact the collector value of lantern and turn it into a novelty item. All tubular Hot Blast and Cold Blast lanterns will self extinguish if tipped over. It still has fuel from the event. You can order the poster and other railroad related images at: Signals — Lamps Lamps were mounted in various places to signal traffic moving along the rails. Swish the vinegar and chain around to knock down the heaviest rust or crud. What fuel should I use in my lantern? For most of the people around the world, the oil lamp has historically played an important role in society. A flag station is a location where one would want to ride one or two days a week, but would otherwise be too costly for a train to stop everyday if there weren't any passengers.
They all look like a similar blue in natural light, although the lunar white is a little bit lighter. Collectors are very passionate and many of them spend copious amounts of their free time researching, catalouging, and pursuing the hobby. It went from Toronto to somewhere in Turkey, and eventually found its way to a seller in North Vietnam at the time of the Vietnam War. Dietz lantern for Reading Railroad. Feel free to send a secondary email, or even a third if you haven't heard back from me within a reasonable amount of time. Dietz Company moved to Hong Kong in 1956.
Personally I do the best I can with Brillo pads though not on brass or nickel plated conductor lanterns , and leave it at that. It also has a wire guard around the fuel fount to serve as the base. If the filler spout is brass, you might also tape it off as well. These burned kerosene, and were smaller and lighter than their taller predecessors though the Dietz Vesta style was similar in size to the tall globes. Note to Webpage creators: So sad when I come across a great site with not one picture that can be pinned! Coleman also made this lantern for the Japanese market, albeit with a different plaque. They sometimes have a red lens in the back. Not all lamps list a maker, but small clues such as a model number or a handwritten pencil number help you research the maker.