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Posted 6 years ago


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I've just purchased this item for my husband and may have made a mistake in thinking it is a railroad lantern. After reserching - I'm finding it may be a construction lantern. One one side of the red globe is marked Little Wizard LOC-NOC Rec'd U.S. PAT OFF. The other has the Dietz logo - Syracuse N.Y. U.S.A. There are no dates anywhere!
Will someone please help me to identify this as a railroad, construction or wagon lantern?
Thank you!

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  1. CrypticCurios, 6 years ago
    Hi Vlw! Kaileys information is correct just generalized. It is very much a cold blast lantern. Specifically I believe this is a Dietz "Roadster" Wagon Lantern. ( ) These were introduced in 1915. If you measure the red lens and it is 3 inches it was made 1938 to the 1959. If it's not, 1915-1937. To get a better date of when it was made. The globe in the middle I believe was replaced. The Roadster was made to be used as a headlight and/or a taillight. So it should be clear in the center. The center globes break often. I don't think this was used for construction because you would have found a special marking to indicate which group owned it. Although

    Although you can't ever be 100% sure what happened in a piece like this. Even though it's not marked, it very well could have been used by a group. The globe colors themselves have special meanings depending on which group used them. Red for firefighters meant Chief Engineer or Danger/Do Not Cross Hoses. For Marine/Naval uses it would be used as a port light. For Highway/Traffic it meant Stop/Danger.

    One thing that I can't figure out about the lantern is the marking on the front. Most of these says NY - USA. Which makes sense because Dietz were producing in NYC and Syracuse. It could be a camera thing but your picture looks like it says KV - USA. If that's correct. I have no idea what to think about that. You would probably have to find an expert.

    I hope I was able to throw in a little extra information on top of what Kaileys was able to confirm!
  2. Vlw, 6 years ago
    Thank you both for all of the GREAT information! You were both very helpful. The markings do say N.Y. - U.S.A. My camera angle makes it look skewed.
  3. railnsail, 6 years ago
    Not Railroad, but a nice Wagon lantern.

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