This is a skater's lantern from the later 1800s - early 1900s, when ice skating was a popular outdoor activity in winter. People would carry these small lanterns to frozen lakes or ponds and use them for lighting if they were skating after dark, or set them beside their belongings on the shore to find them easily when they were ready to leave. Skaters often went as couples or in twos, leaving one person's lantern with their possessions and taking the other onto the ice for light. Compact but effective, these tiny lamps would be handy, everyday lighting during the rest of the year.
This lantern has a perforated tin top marked JEWEL. It has what appears to be its original brass burner with a removable brass fount reservoir for oil or kerosene. It is complete with a clear glass globe and wire bail handle. A magnet does not stick to any of the metal.
With the handle down, this lamp is approximately 7 inches tall from the table surface to the top of its Jewel cap.
CONDITION: We could not find any holes, missing parts or other serious damage. Both the tin and brass have darkened with age. There is wick in the burner, and the wick raiser works easily. There is no marking on the wick raiser. The glass globe is an old one, with marks confirming it was made in a two-part mold. There are neat bubbles and swirls in the glass. The glass is crystal clear bright with NO cloudiness and no trace of "sick glass syndrome." There are some small chips and edge flakes on the outside of the rim threads, but NO cracks or chips anywhere. The threaded glass rims attach firmly to the top and the base.
IMPORTANT: There is old green paint on the fount and traces of red paint on the burner. The red is nearly gone, but most of the green remains. It was a poor job -- thick and gloppy with runs and what looks like sand in it, possibly covering earlier paint. We have left it alone, and not tried to remove any of it.
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Antique Jewel Brass and Tin Skater's Lantern