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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Win­nipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@mikesgen­er­al­, and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line,

or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Win­nipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

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