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Antique Railroad Lanterns

Vintage Railroad Lantern
Located in Water Mill, NY
Vintage railroad lantern made into lamp.
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Early 20th Century American Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Enamel, Iron

  • Vintage Railroad Lantern
  • Antique Railroad Lantern
  • Vintage Railroad Lantern
  • Antique Railroad Lantern
H 24 in. W 9.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Pair of American Polished Steel and Fresnel Lense Railroad Lanterns, C. 1880
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American polished steel railroad Signal lanterns with flanking hinged doors, scrolled carrying handles, vented tops, rear mounting brackets, and the original Fresnel circular...
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1880s American American Empire Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Steel

Pair of American Polished Steel and Fresnel Lenses Railroad Lanterns, C. 1880
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American polished steel railroad Signal lanterns with flanking hinged doors, scrolled carrying handles, vented tops, rear mounting brackets, and the original Fresnel circular...
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1890s American American Empire Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Steel

French Victorian Copper Railroad Lantern
Located in New York, NY
French Victorian copper square railroad embarkment lantern with 2 glass panels.
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19th Century Victorian Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Copper

  • French Victorian Copper Railroad Lantern
  • Antique French Victorian Copper Railroad Lantern
  • French Victorian Copper Railroad Lantern
  • Antique French Victorian Copper Railroad Lantern
H 22 in. W 9.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Antique Dietz Acme Large Inspector Lamp Two Railroad Lanterns New York 1900s
By Dietz, Brother & Co.
Located in National City, CA
Train lantern lamps. Pair of Antique Dietz acme large inspector lamps railroad train lanterns New York early 1900s Designed to throw off a lot of light. Wonderful railroad collecti...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Metal

Early 20th Century French Brass and Copper SNCF Railroad Switchman's Lantern
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This French brass and copper railroad lantern from the early twentieth century is marked on the side SNCF (Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer), the national railroad company of Fra...
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Early 20th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass, Copper

Early 20th Century French Brass and Copper Railroad Signal Lantern
Located in Fayetteville, AR
Originally used for signaling, this French brass and copper railroad lantern from the early twentieth century features glass on two sides one of which is tinted red. A hinged door on...
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Early 20th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass, Copper

Antique Adams & Westlake Adlake B&O RR Railroad Lantern Santa Fe Red Globe
By Adams & Westlake Co.
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Adams & Westlake Adlake oil lantern featuring ruby red globe and metal frame. Measure:3".     
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Late 19th Century Rustic Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Metal

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Unusual Railroad Lantern
Located in Essex, MA
An unusual black painted metal railroad lantern with 3 convex frosted glass lenses, hanging from an associated heavy gage wrought iron chain. Ideal for a hallway, powder room or othe...
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19th Century American Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Metal

  • Unusual Railroad Lantern
  • Antique Unusual Railroad Lantern
  • Unusual Railroad Lantern
  • Antique Unusual Railroad Lantern
H 6" (lantern only) in. Dm 4.5 in.
American Railroad Lantern
Located in Sheffield, MA
This is a railroad lantern, from The Northwest and it is in working condition. this could be used as a decorative piece indoors or can be used outdoors . it is a stunning piece, with...
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Early 20th Century American Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Metal

  • American Railroad Lantern
  • Antique American Railroad Lantern
  • American Railroad Lantern
  • Antique American Railroad Lantern
H 23.5 in. D 14 in.
19th Century French Railroad Lantern
Located in Carmel, CA
Handsome railroad lantern with tooled brass and copper detail. The piece has three round windows with brass fittings. The tall copper chimney has a handle for carrying. The chimney...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass, Copper, Steel

  • 19th Century French Railroad Lantern
  • 19th Century French Railroad Lantern
  • 19th Century French Railroad Lantern
  • 19th Century French Railroad Lantern
H 26 in. W 8.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Antique 19th Century Copper and Tin Railroad Lantern
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Antique, mid-19th century, copper and tin, railroad lantern was originally oil and has been converted to electric accepting up to a 30 watt bulb. The lantern can be used as a pendant...
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Mid-19th Century American Industrial Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass, Copper, Steel

Late 19th Century French Copper Railroad Lantern
Located in Fayetteville, AR
Originally used for signaling, this French copper railroad lantern from the late nineteenth century features glass on two sides one of which is tinted orange. A door on one side is s...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Copper

19th Century Iron and Copper French Railroad Lantern
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This late 19th century iron and copper railroad lantern has glass on three sides and stands on four brass feet. It bears its original Larroche Lampiste brass label from the company t...
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19th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Copper, Iron, Brass

c.1880 French Railroad Lantern
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique French railroad lantern with copper accents and blue and red glass panels. In all-original condition.
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19th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Steel, Copper

  • c.1880 French Railroad Lantern
  • c.1880 French Railroad Lantern
  • c.1880 French Railroad Lantern
  • c.1880 French Railroad Lantern
H 14 in. W 5 in. D 5 in.
Early 20th Century French Brass and Iron Railroad Lantern for Medical Service
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This French brass and iron railroad lantern from the turn of the 20th century features a brass plaque marked with its city of origin, Rennes, in the region of Brittany. Below are the...
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Early 1900s French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass, Iron

Early 20th Century French Copper, Iron, and Brass Railroad Lantern with Glass
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This early 20th century iron and copper railroad lantern has glass on three sides and stands on four brass feet. It originally hung on the wall of a French train station. Its upper c...
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1910s French Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Brass, Copper, Iron

LARGE GRAPHIC SHIP OR RAILROAD LANTERN
Located in Essex, MA
Large, graphic ship or railroad light in steel with 3 large round, ribbed glass lenses in clear (pale violet from age), red (port) and blue (starboard).<br /> Great form and scale. ...
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Early 20th Century American Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Glass

  • LARGE GRAPHIC SHIP OR RAILROAD LANTERN
  • LARGE GRAPHIC SHIP OR RAILROAD LANTERN
  • LARGE GRAPHIC SHIP OR RAILROAD LANTERN
  • LARGE GRAPHIC SHIP OR RAILROAD LANTERN
H 22 in. W 26 in. D 13.5 in.
Pair of Large Early 20th Century French Copper and Brass Railroad Lanterns
Located in Fayetteville, AR
Used on the Paris-Lyon-Marseille railway, this pair of early twentieth century French copper and iron railroad lanterns feature their original brass oil lamps and inserts with glass ...
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Early 20th Century Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass, Copper, Iron

Early 1800s French Railroad Keroscene Lantern
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Used by station masters to signal approaching trains. This is brass lantern was used by the French SNCF line.
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19th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass

Pair of 19th c. French Railroad Lanterns
Located in Houston, TX
Pair of fine 19th century chemin de fer lanterns with original maker's label denoting the stations they served.
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19th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Iron, Tôle

  • Pair of 19th c. French Railroad Lanterns
  • Pair of 19th c. French Railroad Lanterns
  • Pair of 19th c. French Railroad Lanterns
  • Pair of 19th c. French Railroad Lanterns
H 23 in. W 11.5 in. D 10.25 in.
Original circa 1900 "PLM" Brass Railroad Lantern Sconces by Poyard Paris 'Pair'
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of French, Belle Époque, richly patinated, brass train car lantern sconces, with a clear glass chimney. Designed as an oil lamp and converted to electric, they are recently re...
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Early 20th Century French Belle Époque Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass

Original circa 1900 "PLM" Brass Railroad Lantern Sconces by Poyard Paris, Pair
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of French, Belle Epoque, richly patinated, brass train car lantern sconces, with a clear glass chimney; original chain on bottom cap. Designed as an oil lamp and converted to ...
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Early 20th Century French Belle Époque Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Brass

Pair of Railroad Lanterns
Located in San Francisco, CA
awesome pair of railroad spotlights<br /> once powered by candle, now electrified<br /> of metal construction, the light enclosure features a cylindrical shape with a round hatch<b...
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Early 20th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

  • Pair of Railroad Lanterns
  • Pair of Railroad Lanterns
  • Pair of Railroad Lanterns
  • Pair of Railroad Lanterns
H 35.5 in. Dm 9.25 in.
Pair of French Railroad Lanterns to Port
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"The first orders for road lighting appeared in 1746, for carriages and cabs circulating in the city and under the Second Empire, for vehicles traveling at night on highways, county....
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Early 20th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Metal

Pair of French Railroad Station Lanterns
Located in Nashville, TN
Lovely pair of Railroad station lanterns from Paris, circa 1900. Have yet to be rewired.
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Early 20th Century French Antique Railroad Lanterns

Materials

Iron

  • Pair of French Railroad Station Lanterns
  • Pair of French Railroad Station Lanterns
  • Pair of French Railroad Station Lanterns
  • Pair of French Railroad Station Lanterns
H 24 in. W 8.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Railroad Station Lantern
Located in Hudson, NY
Hanging Fixure in nicely aged surface and polished Brass Electrified and a great size and Scale
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Early 20th Century Antique Railroad Lanterns

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Metal, Brass

  • Railroad Station Lantern
  • Railroad Station Lantern
  • Railroad Station Lantern
  • Railroad Station Lantern
H 27 in. Dm 18 in.

Antique Railroad Lanterns For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of antique railroad lanterns available on 1stDibs. Frequently made of metal, glass and brass, all antique railroad lanterns available were constructed with great care. Antique railroad lanterns have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Antique railroad lanterns are generally popular furniture pieces, but Industrial and Victorian styles are often sought at 1stDibs. Antique railroad lanterns have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by Adams & Westlake Co. are consistently popular.

How Much are Antique Railroad Lanterns?

The average selling price for at 1stDibs is $960, while they’re typically $350 on the low end and $6,500 highest priced.

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Finding the Right Lanterns for You

Whether you’re in search of a functional fixture to help illuminate a room or just a minimalist ornamental touch, the choice of lighting is important. Selecting the perfect vintage, new or antique lanterns can transform an otherwise monotonous space in your home.

In the 1700s, lanterns became widely popular when accessibility broadened for whale oil, as fuel for lamps was one of its earliest uses. Lantern design evolved considerably during the mid- to late 19th century, when a powerful, adaptable fuel came into play: kerosene. Portable and immediately sought after, kerosene lamps were traditionally surrounded by a glass globe or tube that sat on a metal frame to protect the flame from spreading or extinguishing. (While reproductions abound, antique kerosene lanterns have since become collector's items.)

Later, in 1862, John H. Irwin created coil oil lamps, which were designed for coal oils as well as kerosene and lessened the risk of fire. They required plentiful oxygen to remain lit, and with refinements, the lamps could be used indoors. Lanterns increasingly came to be part of commercial spaces such as museums and theaters, and over time, lighting artisans worked to refine and perfect these innovative fixtures so that they weren’t only practical but also elegant, sophisticated additions to home decor.

Antiques inject a touch of classical chic into any space. With the right lantern, you could also deepen the impact of the collection of vases and vessels, sculptures or other decorative objects in a living room or dining room. It’s essential to find a balance between utility and aesthetics when choosing the perfect vintage–style lantern for your space, and the right lighting decisions can determine the underlying mood of a room as well as enhance the choices you’ve made for your home’s decor. While old-time charm is something to be cherished, there is lots to love in modern lanterns from today’s top furniture designers.

On 1stDibs, search by creator to find lanterns crafted by the likes of Woka Lamps, Barovier & Toso and Material Lust or browse the collection by style. From today’s standouts to mid-century modern classics to Art Deco–era innovations, find the best vintage, new or antique lantern for you now.

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