L. F. Relyea German Silver Presentation Railroad Lantern Fancy Cut Fixed Globe
RELYEA GERMAN SILVER OVER BRASS PRESENTATION RAILROAD LANTERN WITH FANCY WHEEL CUT FIXED GLOBE. Absolutely incredible offering in the form of a railroad presentation lantern. The frame is beautiful with absolute smooth patina, uncleaned over the years, and the brass composition has turned to red brass. Early design with the fancy relief in the upper vent holes, fixed bail, beautiful lower vent hole design, early pick wick style burner, and the earlier style wrapped clips around where the verticals and horizontals adjoin. And best part of the set is the monster tall, incredibly fancy and detailed wheel cut globe, marked for L. RELYEA in fancy letters with wreath and laurel design, and cut on the reverse with an absolute STUNNING, American eagle, perched over laurels, and the American stars and stripes shield with 16 stars in the face. Can't stress enough the quality and presentation on this globe. The detail of the eye in the eagle, each feather down amazingly, and the relief in the stars and stripes. This is an incredible piece. All early wheel cut design and made without error as these globes were made and if the creator slipped or broke the globe, it was time to start over.
So it goes without saying the artistic detail is out of this world. The globe is in great shape and free of any cracks.
To the best of memory when the lantern was acquired many years ago, Mr. Relyea worked for the railroad on the east coast where an accident took his arm in the 1870's. That lead him to a career as a railroad Union representative and eventually a New York state politician.
The lantern was presented to him somewhere along the way in his diverse career. Don't miss out on a one of a kind presentation lantern that has survived 150 years in such great condition to add to your display case! Please check out our other auctions as well, including other vintage antiques & railroad collectibles! RELYEA GERMAN SILVER PRESENTATION RAILROAD LANTERN FANCY CUT FIXED GLOBE" is in sale since Thursday, November 26, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Railroadiana & Trains\Hardware\Lanterns & Lamps". The seller is "ewightmans2i2u" and is located in Arcadia, California.
This item can be shipped to United States.
- Featured Refinements: Lantern Globe
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: Kelly