B & O Railroad Masonic Lantern Presentation

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This is a signal lantern that was presented as an award to the most popular conductor on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It is marked: "Presented to Thomas J. Henrisc, as the most popular conductor on the B & O. R.R. by the Ladies Masonic Fair Association through Waverly Lodge."  It was not unusual at the turn of the 19th century that you had to be a Mason in order to get a job with any railroad.

It appears to be silver or nickel plated. The Masonic square and compasses with the Letter "G" is etched on the glass. The lantern is tarnished and the plating is worn through in spots. It measures 11 inches tall and approximately 6 inches wide at the base.  This lantern recently sold on eBay for $650.+

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