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    William Henry Harrison: A Superb and Highly Important Cut, Frosted, and Etched Glass 1840 Campaign Parade Lantern. Few categories of three-dimensional political artifacts are more sought-after than 19th century lanterns. Political rallies and parades often took place at night, and often required torches and lanterns to illuminate them. While torches have survived in large numbers, hand-carried lanterns are prohibitively rare. Although they were made in a variety of types, it is doubtful that more than a couple dozen examples for all candidates before 1868 can be found in private and institutional collections. This is the only example of this Harrison variety, made of tin with openwork and a frosted and etched glass globe, that we have ever encountered. The globe was clearly made by the same company as the vase and tumblers in an adjacent lot. It features the same devices etched and in relief: log cabin, cider barrel and flag on a pole. But additional devices include a pyramid of stacked cannon balls and a terrific large, bold eagle atop crossed cannons. An unfrosted rectangle is inscribed, presumably with the owner's name, "C. Chapman." Height including original carrying loop is 10.75".

    Condition is excellent, with typical light even oxidation of the tin surfaces. The original candle is even present in the tin base. In a collection which features many outstanding political display items this wonderful, possibly unique, lantern stands out as one of the premier pieces. From the Scott W. Dolson Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
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