The "Casey" was a popular tall-globe lantern model produced by the Keystone Lantern Company. According to Hobson, the company existed from 1903 until around 1930.
Perhaps the most unique characteristic of the "Casey" was the wick-adjusting mechanism which was operated with a horizontal knob located beneath the fount. Turning the knob one way or the other raised or lowered the wick. The knob was two inches in diameter and had ridges so that a railroad employee could easily grip the mechanism even with gloves on. The most common "Casey" is one with a round wire base -- the circular ring at the base of the lantern. However, some bellbottom models were also made.
"Casey's" were made for extended base globes, although many seemed to have been used with Corning-style globes in service. A picture of the "Casey" globe embossing and its bellbottom frame are shown below. Why Keystone Lantern Company ceased production of the "Casey" is unknown, since they did seem to be popular among the railroads.
One possibility is that this model was introduced too late in the evolution of railroad lanterns just as the "tall globe" lantern era was coming to a close. Around the First World War, Adams & Westlake introduced the short globe lantern, and this style quickly eclipsed the tall-globe style.
In today's railroadiana market, "Casey" lanterns are very popular among collectors. Their construction was especially rugged and sturdy so that many have survived in excellent condition. This lantern was likely used on the Pennsylvania Railroad (shown by the PRR markings) in the early 1900's. Please see photos for more detail or request more information from us any time.Mid-South Hobbies is a 27-year-old, second-generation, family-owned hobby shop in Memphis, Tennessee. Thank you for supporting small businesses like ours! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Railroadiana & Trains\Hardware\Lanterns & Lamps". The seller is "ehtoys" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Gambia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Poland, Oman, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Argentina, Guinea-Bissau, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Senegal, Togo, Ireland, Qatar, Burundi, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Aruba, Sweden, Iceland, Macedonia, Belgium, Israel, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Benin, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Italy, Tanzania, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Panama, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Djibouti, Chile, China, Mali, Botswana, Republic of Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Portugal, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Malta, Cayman Islands, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Cyprus, Seychelles, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Australia, Austria, Sri Lanka, Gabon Republic, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Norway, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kiribati, Turkmenistan, Grenada, Greece, Haiti, Greenland, Yemen, Afghanistan, Montenegro, Mongolia, Nepal, Bahamas, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Angola, Western Samoa, France, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Denmark, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Vatican City State, Sierra Leone, Nauru, Anguilla, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Guyana, Azerbaijan Republic, Macau, Georgia, Tonga, San Marino, Eritrea, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritania, Belize, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Spain, Estonia, Bermuda, Montserrat, Zambia, South Korea, Vanuatu, Ecuador, Albania, Ethiopia, Monaco, Niger, Laos, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Moldova, Madagascar, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Lebanon, Liberia, Bolivia, Maldives, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Nigeria, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Jordan, Guinea, Canada, Turks and Caicos Islands, Chad, Andorra, Romania, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Nicaragua, Finland, Tunisia, Uganda, Luxembourg, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Jamaica, South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, Honduras.