Offered is a vintage piece of American Railroad History ; a Ft. Smith & Western Railroad Lantern with a Clear CNX Lantern Globe. The lantern frame is a Handlan single guard, wire bottom with a twist off fount and is embossed on the shoulder of the lid FTSW.The lantern frame is in excellent condition; nice clean metal, stands straight with no dents, bends, missing or broken parts. It has a correct Handlan threaded drop in fount and a brass Handlan burner. The fuel found appears solid and should hold fuel. The wick moves up and down a little; but doesnt fully engage. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, scratches or cloudiness. As with any globe that saw railroad service, there may be some roughness or chipping on the rims which will not show when the globe is in a frame. The Fort Smith and Western Railroad was incorporated in Arkansas in 1899 and built westward through Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory.
In 1903 the line was opened between Ft. Smith and Guthrie, the capital of Oklahoma at the time.
In 1910 the capital of Oklahoma moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City and the FS&W acquired trackage rights over the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad from Fallis, OK to Oklahoma City, a distance of 32.5 miles. The FS&W didnt serve any major population centers. Its major source of traffic was from coal mining operations. As coal traffic declined, an oil discovery near Okemah brought in additional traffic which postponed abandonment of the railroad until 1939. Be sure to view all photographs closely as they are part of the item description.SMITH & WESTERN RAILROAD LANTERN Clear CNX Lantern Globe" is in sale since Sunday, January 10, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Railroadiana & Trains\Hardware\Lanterns & Lamps". The seller is "rrcollectionconnection" and is located in Acton, California. This item can be shipped to United States.