Early 1860's Brass Top Fixed Cobalt Blue Globe Bell Bottom Railroad Lantern
An extremely beautiful and hard to find fixed globe brass top lantern from the eastern part of the United States before and during the Civil War. The unusual cobalt globe is so deep in color that it appears dark purple in certain light, such as sunlight, or purple using an incandescent light bulb, or a flame from a kerosene fount. There are no manufacturer's marks on the frame, but it might be possible to attribute the lantern to the New England Glass Company due to the cut out design of the vent holes. The bee hive brass top is in near perfect original condition, with some patina. The round wrist bale is original and in great condition. The 1880's-90's replacement pinch drop down fount and brass burner are unmarked, and are in excellent condition, all tin with no holes or rust, still in working condition, and fits nicely with the frame. The cobalt blue glass is in excellent original condition, and is quite vibrant in color. The Civil War period lantern frame is 11" tall, the bell bottom base is 5 1/4" in diameter, and the globe is approximately 6 3/8" tall. This extremely rare great piece of early Americana has been the pride of a collector for years, and now it's ready for a new home!, why not yours!
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