Historical information

This is a vintage item dating from the early 20th century. It is a hand-held lantern that could also have been hung from a ledge or wall. Lanterns of this type were often used by railway employees or ship's crew for signalling. The lighting was probably obtained by a candle as there is no evidence of an oil mechanism.


This item is of interest because of its age and its possible use locally over a hundred years ago.

Physical description

This is a metal lantern painted black on the outside and silver-frosted inside. It has a rectangular-shaped body with bevelled glass, a semi-circular metal top and a metal handle. The hinged glass door on the side is missing.