The Adams & Westlake “Adams” model tall-globe lantern was produced starting in the late 1890s up until sometime in the second half of the 1910s. The “Adams” model is recognizable for its smoke dome often referred to as a “bee-hive” because of its tiered dome shape similar to a bee hive. Variations on the “Adams” model include round wire or flat plate verticals, round or flat horizontals, insert or twist-off fount holder, wire or bell-bottom base, and a metal band that holds the verticals to the base or soldered verticals. The “Adams” represents a transition from the older “Reliable” model towards the short-globe features that would be seen later in the “Kero” models.
The “Adams” model was very popular and can be found with markings from many different railroads and with globes of all colors.
Value for “Adams” model lanterns is based on age, condition, railroad, rarity, and many other factors. “Adams” model lanterns can range in price from around $150 all the way up to $1000 or more for exceptional examples. For more information on the value of an “Adams” lantern please Contact Us with pictures so that we can give you a good idea of its value.