Civil War era Minor’s Patent lantern. This folding lantern retains one of the original Mica windows, Japanned finish and a painted gold stencil design. This lantern was made to collapse down to a small pocket sized square. When opened the lantern measures approximately 3" wide x 3 5/8" deep x 5 1/8" inches tall. Two sides have windows with a gold stenciled linear design. The third side is solid with the same gold designs around the edges and “MINOR’S PATENT JAN. 24, 1865” at center. The back panel is solid with a looped handle at one edge, and swings open to expose the inside of the lantern. Just inside the door is a tin protecting shield that keeps any wind from blowing out the candle. There is an interior compartment for storing spare candles and matches. The U.S. Patent Office issued Patent #46,011 on January 24,1865 to John A. Minor who was the inventor of this lantern. Complete with an antique string tag. A really unique piece to add to any collection.
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Inventory Number: MIS 171