N&W lanterns

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Sun Feb 25 20:21:20 EST 2007

Hi Frank:

Thank you for your comments -- as you mentioned, all lettering is raised as viewed from the outside. One globe is a plain clear glass globe with a vertical seam on each side and the other is a plain red fresnel globe made by Corning, but I want to replace these with cast N&W globes of any color. Is there any way to tell if a cast globe is authentic? Here's one of the websites I looked at:


Also, is it worth it to try and remove the dings from the lids and clean off any rust, or is it better to leave them as they are?

Thank you,

Ed Cake

NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
I've done my best to describe their appearance and
condition, but if anyone needs any more details please
let me know and I'll tell you as much as I can. I hope
that these lanterns are indeed authentic N&W lanterns,
and I hope that someone on the N&W mailing list is
able to provide some more on the history of these

Thank you,

Ed Cake

Good morning, Ed:

These lanterns are likely to be authentic. The Adlake
Kero lamps are not particularly rare and if the
lettering is raised (not sunk, as would be the result
of steel stamps).

What has been the source of faking are the glass
globes. It's not difficult to etch a globe using wax
and hydrofloric acid. Most collectors seek out globes
with cast-lettering. Of course, most of the time
people creating knock-offs try to do so for
less-common roads than the Class I carriers.

Congratulations on your acquisition! It's always nice
to read about N&W railroadiana.

Best wishes,

f_scheer at yahoo.com

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