SST wrote:I won't likely burn oil in them. I have obtained miniature DC lighting and the transformer to power them. I will place one tiny tiny bulb into the lantern and light it up that way. The wiring is so tiny that it won't be seen unless you're up close and know where they are.
Just don't go "Lamping" the thing out--NO DRILLING!!!!
I'd like to know the dating of the various Dietz NYC lanterns, (short and tall styles), when it comes to style of roadname. I've seen NEW YORK CENTRAL, NYCS, NEW YORK CENTRAL LINES, NYCL. Central lanterns seem to be the most common RR lantern you can find in the Northeast, and aside from what people may think when you see them for $100+ in antique stores, they're worth approx. $25-$50 for a clear globe style. Rarities and odd variations are always exceptions to the rule.
Don't get me wrong, though. Your lantern is STILL very cool. Leave it as is and do NOT clean it up. It looks perfect the way it is! Nice piece!