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Dear Mike, I have recently inherited this CN Railway lantern from my father-in-law. I have looked all over the Internet and see many similar lanterns, but none like this. I am wondering if you have ever seen one like it and how old and valuable it might be. Ross G. Winnipeg
Dear Ross, The railway switchman’s lantern you have dates from the late 1800s. It was a presentation lantern from the Canadian Northern Railway, which was in business until 1923, when it was merged to become the Canadian National Railway. I have sold hundreds of switch lanterns over the last 35 years. I have sold fewer than 10 presentation lanterns in this time because they are quite scarce. In complete and good condition, they sell for $300 to $350.
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