Dating dietz lanterns
Over this period of time, the design of the frame underwent substantial changes, so that today's collector can find a number of different variations.Top Row Right: A Dietz "#39" tall-globe bellbottom lantern (and closeup of top) with no railroad marking and a clear, unmarked globe.Each style of Dietz Lantern is developed with a specific application in mind.Some models have higher-capacity tanks while others have become favorites due to their lightweight and portable structure.Both of these "#39 Standard" models reflect the effects of the Dietz Company's purchase of the Steam Gauge & Lantern Company in 1897 after a fire destroyed the Dietz factory. Note the insulated bail, which was designed to protect trainmen in electrified territory. Notes: Information sources are Barrett and Pearson.In order to get the business back up quickly, Dietz purchased all of Steam Gauge's assets, including designs and tooling. This particular lantern was found in the Pacific Northwest and was likely used on the Milwaukee Road's electrified Pacific Extension. Special thanks to those who contributed photos and/or information.
Our Dietz® brand replacement globes are heat-treated and designed for long lasting service. In the intervening years, Dietz made all manner of lanterns, including many for railroad use. Dietz Company had a long history, commencing operations before the Civil War and finally going out of business only a decade ago.The top of the "#39" above is markedly different from the tops of the "#39 Standard" models -- the latter lanterns were manufactured after the fire, and their tops reflect Steam Gauge designs. The two "#39 Standard" tops differ primarily in wording and in the presence of the Dietz logo on the newer example.