Image from page 441 of "American homes and gardens" (1905)
Title: American homes and gardens
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
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ow. This led to 256 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS July. 1913 the second story floor fromthe entrance. On one side ofthe staircase were suspendedfrom the ceiling, one ormore lanterns, many ofwhich were very elaborate.They were often designedwith richly colored cathedralglass panels, set in framesof gilt or bronze. Candleswere used at first for light-ing these, but after 1774whale oil lamps of peculiarshape were inserted into thelanterns. These lamps weresometimes made of glass,but more often were of tinor copper and had twoburners to carry the wicks.In addition to this means oflighting, beside the -stair-case were placed muralsconces or prongs withthree or four branches andholding candles. This style of lantern wasused only among the wealth-ier classes. John Hancockhad one in his entry, and atMt. Vernon was another,which may be seen to-day inthe National Museum atWashington, while PeterFanueil speaks of others ofthis type in an inventory in1742. The common perfor-ated, or pinched lantern,
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Hall Lantern. Date, 1 798 which did yeoman service both in this country and in Eng-land for more than two hundred years preceding the nine-teenth century, is one of the most interesting styles.Candles only were used in these lanterns, and their feeble light shone out through in-numerable apertures punchedin the tin from the innerside. This was to turn theedges outward and make thelantern designs more deco-rative. Often the holeswere arranged in fancifulpatterns, scrolls, crescents,stars, or interlaced triangles.One can easily imagine oneof our forefathers treadingthe darksome way to even-ing service or special townmeeting, with such a lanternin his hand. As late as 1798 we findthat these old lanterns werestill used in the country dis-tricts near New York, wherethe darkness and bad roadsmade them a necessity. To-day, however, unless in somecountry district, they arerarely seen. Harking back to the originof the lantern, we find thaton the fifteenth day of thefirst month in the ChineseNe
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