Old Colony Railroad Ocrr Lantern & Globe Fitchburg Fall River Line Steam Gauge For Sale
Old Colony Railroad OCRR Lantern & Globe Fitchburg Fall River Line Steam Gauge
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This is a really rare find – a genuine antique lantern and globe both marked with O.C.R.R. - probably not more than a few of these still left intact and together. From the history of both the Railroad and the Lantern company, we are able to determine that this RARE find was made between 1893 and 1900. There is a small amount of metal loss to the base of the frame – otherwise, this lantern is free from any dents, dings, or cracks in the metal and glass.
The Old Colony Railroad was a major railroad system operating from 1845 to 1893. Its coverage was mainly SouthEastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Old Colony trains ran from Boston to Fitchburg, Fall River, Bedford, Providence, Cape Cod and more. The Old Colony also operated steamboat and ferry lines for many years, including those of the Fall River Line. There was a railroad line on Martha's Vineyard that was in operation for a short time by Old Colony. Through mergers and acquisitions, Old Colony grew extensively, until on March 1, 1893, it was itself acquired by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad for the entire 619 mile network.
This lantern was manufactured by the Steam Gauge & Lantern Company of Syracuse, New York. The S.G. & L. Co was incorporated on the Genesee River in Rochester, New York in 1881. The company was doing very well until it was destroyed by a tragic fire on the night of November 9, 1888. After the horrific fire, the company moved to Syracuse, NY and resumed operation. It was purchased by the R.E. Dietz Company after their factory burned down, but kept the name Steam Gauge & Lantern Co. on the lanterns produced until it was phased out around 1900.
This fantastic lantern is complete – it comes with the original tall barrel shaped clear glass globe and the matching lantern frame, both marked O.C.R.R.
The frame for this lantern is marked on the very top with; STEAM GAUGE & LANTERN CO., SYRACUSE, NY, and marked on the lower part of the cover with O.C.C.R. The frame stands 11” tall and the solid base measures just under 6 1/2” across. The wire cage has two rows around and the top has a push button release. The wire cage fits into the base perfectly. The fount in this lantern is glass and is removable. The fount has a groove in the glass which coordinates with a small pointed tip on this inside of the base – it fits in perfectly and securely. It has a brass burner for the wick which is marked with a Patent Number and Other Patents Pending. The turn screw for the wick is marked: GRAY BOSTON.
The globe stands 6 1/4” tall and is about 5” wide in the middle. The clear globe is embossed with OCCR. The top of the globe measures about 2 1/2” across and the bottom is about 3 1/2” across. There are some rough spots around the top and bottom and each rim also has a small chip in the glass – very minor, considering. Other than that, the globe is in eggsellent condition. I gave the globe a quick washing, but it still needs a bit more attention in the grooves.
The base for the lantern has some damage with loss of metal. Since it is removable, chances are it can be replaced or even repaired.
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