This seller is a long-time collecting friend of mine who lives nearby. Sandy brought over the lantern on Wednesday for me to examine. I have never seen such rich colors on the two faces of this iconic Beistle lantern. Once the bottom of this lantern is stabilized, this will be a show-stopper in any case into which it is placed. Sandy has provided excellent photos and a description that is detailed, but which makes the lantern's condition sound worse than it truly is. I can't wait to see what it fetches!
09/08 Update: I was astounded, as was Sandy, that this brought nearly one thousand dollars! This iconic Beistle lantern is a true show-stopper, so maybe I shouldn't be all that surprised.