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  • Gettysburg Museum
  • Gettysburg Museum collection
  • "Arms and Equipment of the Union"

Civil War Pocket Folding Candle Lantern dated, made by J.A. Minor, as in Gettysburg Museum


Product Description

This is a rare piece being offered, it is a Civil War era “pocket” Folding Candle Lantern, made by J. A. Minor of Middletown, CT. Its clever compact design was patented Jan. 24, 1865, and this is stenciled on the side of the lantern. The tin lantern with a carry handle has hinged panels which can be completely folded to a flat configuration for carrying in a pocket.

A side door incorporates a storage area for extra candles and a match safe. There are some matches and candles in the compartment, but not original to the piece and can be removed if desired. The lantern features two mica windows and a tole style painted decoration. It measures approximately 5 1/4” tall and 3 1\4” wide. There is an identical example of this lantern in the Gettysburg NPS Museum (see pictures). There is another one pictured in Time/Life “Echoes of Glory / Arms and Equipment of the Union” (see pictures).

As expected, there is age wear on the lantern, but it does have great patina and clear stenciling. The pictures accurately depict the lantern's overall condition. The lantern folds as it was designed. These lanterns are difficult to find, and when available they can get pretty pricey. However, I have a very fair price on this example.

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