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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"

Gallery Label:

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.

Provenance:

The George W. Murdock Collection of Steamboat Artifacts

Exhibitions:

"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.