Offered is a vintage piece of American Railroad History ; a Rock Island Lines Railroad Lantern with a Clear Cast Rock Island Lines Lantern Globe. It is nicely embossed on the shoulder of the lid ROCK ISLAND LINES. The frame is an Adams & Westlake, The Adams, drop in fount style, double wire guard with a last patent date of 1909. The lantern frame is in excellent condition; nice smooth metal, stands straight and has no bends, extra holes drilled or missing parts. A few minor issues to note; there is a stress crack on the lid to the left of the lid latch, probably from when it was pressed during the manufacturing process.
It has been soldered over on the top and bottom and is stable, its hard to notice but mentioned for accuracy. There are also some minor dents in the dome and vent area of the lid (see photos). It has a correct threaded drop in fount with an Adlake brass burner (takes a 5/8 flat wick).
There is an Inventory or Control Number stamped on the shoulder of the lid 43919. The fount and burner appear to be in working condition and should hold fuel and burn if desired, not tested.The wick easily moves up and down when the adjuster is turned. The globe 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 Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad , also known as Rock Island , Rock Island Lines and Rock Island System ; operated in the mid-western United States and existed from 1866 until its demise in 1980. Many portions of the line are still in operation today by other railroads.
Be sure to view all photographs closely as they are part of the item description. The item "ROCK ISLAND LINES RAILROAD LANTERN Clear Cast 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.