Hello from a new member in eastern WV
I've been a railroadiana collector, large scale train operator, blacksmith, and love the smell of coal smoke in the morning !
Back in 1975 while on vacation in upper New York state, I chanced on a headlight and purchased it and had it put away all these years in a dry place. While passing through various pictures on the internet trying to figure out what it came off of, I came across a few identical lamps....on the front of steam tractors...made by C.G. Smith, 352 Pearl Street, New York. Measures about 14" wide, 20" tall, and 8" deep, side door.....lens gone, some rust, brass reflector with all the silverplate missing and cracked in a few places between the chimmney hole and the bottom of the rim. Has original wick(circular), no chimmney, vent at top with handle mounted on that, as well as two steel hanging brackets on the back. My question, as I have no refererence for comparison, is this a rare item ?, and .....I've refurbished it, but not "restored" it. (Bondex to fill in rusted out places and two-part epoxy to pull the reflector into a stronger piece, painted and pin-striped...there is the cap missing off the fuel tank, but there appears to be no pinholes in the tank)
I have before and after pictures, and not being sure about how to post them on this site, I'll try. Anybody who is knows anything, please lets hear from you.