Sheet Iron and Brass-Decorated Hand Lantern
Sheet Iron and Brass-Decorated Hand Lantern
Sheet Iron and Brass-Decorated Hand Lantern
Sheet Iron and Brass-Decorated Hand Lantern

Sheet Iron and Brass-Decorated Hand Lantern

c. 1760 France

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Of cylindrical form with a domed brass cap. The body formed from two sheet iron cylinders, one sitting inside the other and attached to the cap. The lantern works as a black-out lantern, with the inner cylinder swivelling to cover the door, when the cap is turned to either open or close the front aperture, dampening any light emitted through it. The opening encloses a candle-holder. Decorated with shaped brass, and with a brass hinged handle fitted to the rear. The handle can be closed to lie flat when not in use.

Guy Fawkes’ Lantern: The lantern reputedly used by Guy Fawkes in the cellars beneath Parliament while attempting to blow it up in 1605, is of similar double-sleeve form with a twisting inner cylinder. The Guy Fawkes’ lantern is also a black-out lantern, the inner cylinder swivelling to cover the horn door, thus dampening any light emitted through it. The lantern reputedly used by Guy Fawkes has been in the possession of Oxford University since 1641, when it was presented by Robert Heywood, the son of a Justice of the Peace who had been present at the arrest of Guy Fawkes. It was transferred from the Bodleian Library to the Ashmolean Museum in 1887.
A sheet iron, horn and brass-decorated hand lantern, with similarities to the lantern reputedly used by Guy Fawkes during the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, was sold in the Bonhams sale: 'The Oak Interior: including The E. Hopwell Collection', Wednesday 24 April - Thursday 25 April 2013 at Chester, Lot 110.
Dimensions
Height 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
Width 7.00 cm (2.76 inches)
Stock Code
6256
Medium
Sheet Iron and Brass
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
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