are 10.5" tall
have a 1" wide, "C" shaped handle which extends another 5 inches
above the top of the lantern
have three 3.25" red lenses with a white rim
are red-orange painted tin (?)
have the words "Chalwyn" and "Made in England" embossed on the top
The previous owner bought them in Florida a number of years ago and
was told they were railroad lanterns. They don't resemble any
railroad lanterns I know of.
If anyone has any ideas, or even better - facts, about Chalwyn
lanterns, please drop me a note at m...@radix.net. If anyone really
can't live without two Chalwyn lanterns, contact me as well!
Thanks for any help,
> I just received two lanterns that I am now trying to identify. The
> previous owner said they were railroad lanterns, but I'm pretty sure
> they aren't. My question now is: what are they?
> The lanterns
> are 10.5" tall
> have a 1" wide, "C" shaped handle which extends another 5 inches
> above the top of the lantern
> have three 3.25" red lenses with a white rim
> are red-orange painted tin (?)
> have the words "Chalwyn" and "Made in England" embossed on the top
...... Sounds like railroad lanterns to me. Chalwyn is an English lantern
manufacturer and the lanterns that you have are probably some sort of
railroad marker lights, like, for the rear of a caboose, last car, maybe
even a "streetcar ... or something along those lines, or at least that's
what it looks like to me. I've seen a number of them that sound similar to
what you describe. The ones that I've seen are box-ish, with a lens on
each of 3 sides. A fair number of these show up in the Northeast, probably
coming down from Canada (or at least that's what I assume).
Chalwyn also made a standard line of lanterns, such as the "Far East", and
the "Tropic", which also show up in the Northeast Markets, again, probably
brought down from Canada.