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Object Name: Lantern
Date: ca. 1877
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Medium: Brass, glass, cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 7 in. ( 26.7 x 18.7 x 17.8 cm ) Overall (with handle raised): 17 1/4 in. × 6 5/8 in. (43.8 × 16.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Brass ship lantern with domed hinged lid with loop handle, wire cage around glass shade, and domed circular base; lid has simple lock.
Credit Line: Purchase, James B. Wilbur Fund
Object Number: 1941.821
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Marks: Engraved on base in zigzag lettering: "1877"; stamped under base: "PAT'D APR 23, 67 / AUG 3, 69 [?]"; stamped on glass: " A Parsell / Steamer / Saratoga"

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According to donor, this lantern is from the steamer the "Saratoga" (1877-1919). It is a presentation piece of a type usually presented to ship's officers when they were retiring or being transferred.


The George W. Murdock Collection of Steamboat Artifacts


"The Coast and the Sea," Portland Museum of Art, ME, January 1, 2015–April 26, 2015; Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, May 10, 2015–September 13, 2015; New York State Museum, Albany, NY, October 24, 2015–February 22, 2016.