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Railroadiana1049 of 1066New York & Erie RR Co Fixed Globe Railroad Lantern W.E. 40-B Rail Road scissors phone
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Posted 7 years ago


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LS&MS Ry fixed globe BTBB Bonnell & Gridley lantern made in Buffalo, NY around 1869. Flashed ruby globe with cast letters LS&MSRy is similar to Kelly-style globes. This lantern is an early predecessor to the "Prince" model made by successor Buffalo Steam Gauge & Lantern Co. The "Prince" featured a hinged cage, allowing the globe to be removed.


  1. potrero potrero, 7 years ago
    LS&MS = Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, right?
  2. Richard Mullen, 7 years ago
    I have an extensive collection of LS&MS railroad lanterns including a brass tagged inspectors lantaern marked LS&MS. I have been looking for a lantern of this vintage for about 5 years. Have not found one yet. This one is absolutely beautiful. I live in Ashtabula Ohio, which is the home of the infamous LS&MS Railroad disaster. There are still artifacts to be found around the old disaster site which myself and other collectors still dig.
  3. peachieking, 6 years ago
    I have two of these:)
  4. lsandms, 5 years ago
    Do you know any of the history of your lantern?
  5. brooksworks, 5 years ago
    My lantern has two manufacturer's hallmarks on the underside of the base, one that reads "Bonnell & Gridley MAKERS Buffalo, NY", and another that reads "PATENTED May 28 1867". B&G was only in business under that name for three years or so. Successor Parmelee & Bonnell made the flip cage model "Prince" that is pictured elsewhere on this site. My LS&MS Prince has an 1874 patent date stamped into the side of the chimney cylinder.

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