Adams & Westlake Tall-Globe Lanterns: "The Adams"

From the standpoint of sheer numbers, the two most popular tall lantern models of the Adams & Westlake company were "The Adams" and the "Reliable" models. 

"The Adams"  This model was manufactured from the late 1890's to sometime around World War I .  All "The Adams" models are characterized by a "beehive" smoke dome as shown below, but there may be variations in the style of the verticals (flat plate versus round wire), the horizontals (flat plate versus round wire), the fount (insert versus twist-off), the shape of the bottom fount holder, and other features. This model was very popular and can be found with both common and obscure railroad markings.

Above Left: A&W #11 Adams Steel Guard (Model 1897) Lantern. This lantern style was made from approximately 1906 to 1908, here marked "O. R. & N. Co." (Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company) with a clear cast globe, flat verticals and an insert fount. A&W catalogs used the term "steel guard" to refer to flat verticals. Above Right: A&W #11 Adams Steel Guard (Model 1897) Lantern. This lantern style was made from approximately 1906 to 1908. The example here is marked "N.P. R.R." (Northern Pacific Railroad) with a clear cast globe. It differs from the example at left in that it has a twist-off fount.
Above Left: A&W #11 Adams (Model 1909) Lantern. This model was manufactured in the period prior to the First World War, here marked "O.R.R. & N. Co." (Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company) and with an insert fount. Note the interleaving metal bands, similar to the example immediately above it, that secure the bottom to the frame. But the bottom itself has a different profile which looks ahead to the style of the Reliable. Above Right. Another 1909 model marked "Pennsylvania Lines" with a clear cast globe and an insert fount. The bottom lacks the metal bands and looks just like a Reliable's, identifying this lantern as a "transition" model. Also the bail "ears" are identical to a those of a Reliable. These examples illustrate the fact that "The Adams" model of Adams & Westlake lantern was actually a whole family of variations that evolved over time.
This is a bellbottom model marked for the Rutland Railroad with a 6 inch red cast globe and an insert fount. Note the bellbottom based is part of the frame and cannot be removed. The use of a 6 inch globe instead of the standard 5 3/8" globe is unusual. Note that the bail has been wrapped, something that would have been done by the owner of the lantern rather than the manufacturer. It is not uncommon to find lanterns with the bails wrapped with tape, wire insulation, or other material, apparantly to make it easier to grip while carrying or signalling. Collection of Mark Rossiter.

Notes: Information sources are Barrett and Cunningham.