From the contents of the Silas Hastings tavern (built ca 1817 on the site of the original settler's home) in Boylston, Massachusetts. The lantern, ca. early 19th century, is in a very high state of originality (appears untouched) retaining very dry black paint on a pine domed case, the dome top fitted with sheet-tin attached via cut nails. The case also retains the four original thin-glass panels, each with a slightly greenish cast, held by tin-tabs, the door glass-panel with a thin crack. The tin candle socket, attached with cut nails, also appears to be the original, strongly indicating that this lantern received very little use, no doubt a key factor in its survival and outstanding condition. The delicate door hinges and hasp are also original, as is the turned-bale handle fitted through the dome. About 10 inches tall (not including the bale handle).
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