Rhode Island Co RI CO Railroad Adlake Lantern Adams & Westlake w/ Red Globe RICo

All aboard, shoppers, for this rare Rhode Island Company (RI Co.) Adlake railroad lantern!


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All aboard, shoppers, for this rare Rhode Island Company (RI Co.) Adlake railroad lantern!  As recounted on the company’s website:

“Adams & Westlake was founded in 1857 in Chicago, Illinois.  In the beginning, our company manufactured and sold railroad supplies and hardware.  With the opening of the American West and expansion of the railroads, the company prospered and diversified.  ‘Adlake’ became one of the largest suppliers of equipment to the transportation industry in the world.  In 1927, Adlake relocated to its present site in Elkhart, Indiana.  Today Adams & Westlake is a leading custom manufacturer serving clients from all over the world and from a broad range of industries.”

One of the many railroads for which Adlake supplied hardware was the Rhode Island Company, which operated from 1902 to 1919.  As recalled on the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s website,

“Mass transit made its first appearance in Rhode Island during the Civil War…. In 1865 … the privately-owned Union Railroad began operating a horse-railroad system. During the next decade as demand grew, this transit system expanded into Providence’s suburbs. The electric trolley car debuted in 1889…. The Union Railroad became the Rhode Island Company in 1902 and took on the task of linking utility companies with railway operations. Just four years later (1906), the New Haven Railroad acquired the company. Reorganized in 1921 as the United Electric Railways (UER), the company oversaw the transit system’s daily operations in Rhode Island.”

This EXTREMELY RARE Adlake Reliable lantern has a steel cage enclosing a 4″ diameter red globe that is free of any cracks or repairs.  Mounted on one side of the cage is a bracket marked “1115” on one side and “PAT. NOV. 14 1911” on the other.  The top of the lantern is marked “THE ADAMS & WESTLAKE CO. ‘ADLAKE’ RELIABLE NEW YORK CHICAGO PHILA.” followed by “R.I. Co.” and a line of patent numbers.  Upon opening the lid and removing the globe, the burner is faintly marked “ADLAKE PAT […] 1909.”  The lantern measures 10″ in height (15 1/2″ with the handle fully raised) and 8 5/8″ in maximum width.  The underside of the lid has some soot and the exterior has wear in the copper-colored paint — all typical of regular use for many years.  One eBayer has told us that they thought the globe was a replacement.  We don’t have the expertise to to agree or disagree but we will bring the comment to your attention in any event.  Presumably it is easier to find another globe than it is to find this rare lantern since the globe was apparently used on many lanterns and not made specifically for RICo.  That we acquired this lantern right here in Pawtucket means it is a genuine artifact of the Rhode Island Co. that, after that railroad ceased operation, was passed through various hands for nearly a century before coming to us.  We’re offering this lantern in as-found condition in case you prefer the original patina.  Overall this is a rare survivor from the early days of the electric railway, and it would make a great addition to your collection of railroadiana or local Rhode Island history!

10″h x 8 5/8″w

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Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 12 in

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