Blown cranberry glass globe lantern with fixed tin top , loop handle and removable tin base. Someone has repainted the tin. It measures 15.5" tall and about 8" in diameter . I've heard they used these in the transportation industry as emergency stop lights. Some call them skaters lamps ...
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The value would have been more for this if the tin had not been repainted; collectors of these mid 19th century lanterns (and other lighting forms) like to see the oxidation and aged patina as it is the best way to indicate true age and authenticity of the light.
If this were a railroad lantern, it would have a cage-like frame that would protect the globe.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:
An antique American spiral-blown cranberry glass lantern
mid 19th Century
The spiral turned glass ovoid globe with peaked ebonized tole (painted tin) top with single loop strap handle, and pierced ebonized tole foot. Apparently unmarked
15 1/2 inches tall, 8 inches diameter
CONDITION: tole has been refreshed
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