Early 19th Century IOOF Fraternal Lodge Lantern

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Superb nearly two century old IOOF (International Order of  Odd Fellows) lodge lantern. Stenciled tin on two sides. early glass on one side. Excellent untouched weathered surface patina. Imposing large size. A true rarity that oozes with eye appeal.

This amazing object faithfully hung outside the lodge building in Clarksburg, West Virginia for nearly a century. It survived countless lightings, some of the larger flames of which weakened and eventually burned through parts of the triangular pitched roof. With the top hanger gone, the lantern was supported by wood struts, which were screwed directly through the sides.

Around 1900, it was electrified with a porcelain socket, and lit with a red light bulb. Fragments of these were discovered and removed (along with years of barn residue, etc.) upon discovery of this rare piece. During the 1900 upgrade, a few holes were made in the base for the wires and an additional wire hanger was added to the back. Despite the condition of the lantern in 1900, it continued in use for a number of years before ending up in a nearby barn. It’s current appearance differs little from the day it was last used. A splendid survivor.

 

Date: 1800-1840.

 

Size: About 12 1/2″ wide on each side. 19 1/2″ tall.

 

Condition: Please read above and use photos to determine condition.

 

Price: $432

 

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