Professionally Restored Civil War Period Tin Darkroom Lantern Circa 1860's to possibly the 1870's !!!
This Lantern Pre-Dates the "Carbutt's Combination No. 1 Lantern" patented in the 1880's. Two Light-proofed Doors & Super Locomotive Style Smokestack. Inspection & Negative Re-Touch White Glass inside the left door. Red Glasses in the front and inside the right Access Door. Front Glass Frame contains 3 slots for Red, Clear, and possibly a Sepia-tone glass.
Rock Solid Professional Tinsmith Restoration with whole bottom Frame perimeter Re-Soldered. Tin Fount has 2 tabs for inserting and twisting to lock in bottom straps. Original dark patina on the original detailed Brass Paw Feet under the elevated light-proof base. Nice Wavy colored glass replacements. I hand painted the Lantern with 3 Coats of water-based acrylic "Stove Black" color. I left a rectangular area unpainted on the front adjustable Shade due to a faintly visible, but Original, Stencil Decoration "???GENTO" exposed.(possibly Magento) If you could locate another surviving example to verify this Name, you could have that part re-painted. I also left the interior back wall in bare Tin, as found. There is some normal dings and dents, and a pitted area on the side metal in the lower left part of the base. See this in the 3rd photo.
Ref. of Later 1880's Patented Carbutt's Darkroom Lantern Book :
Early Lighting (1st. edition 1975 / 3rd edition 1982)
By : Elmer L. Smith
Published by : Applied Arts Publishers
Page : 32
illustration : Bottom Right of page.
Measurements : Stands 17 1/2 inches High. Base is an average 8 1/4 inches Square.
Weigh : 5 Pounds and 9 Ounces.
Original Antique Americana, Clocks, Period Lighting, Patriotic, U.S. Militaria, and Original Photos.