Of Warmth & Light

Although rush lights and Betty lamps were by far the most common form of lighting for centuries, by the 18th century it was possible for many households to own at least one lantern and probably a few sconces. Although many lanterns were made of wood by the man of the house, tin, copper, and brass lanterns were becoming affordable to many middling sorts. The ever popular “Revere Style” lantern, was actually not used for illumination but rather for transporting a flame in the form of a lit candle. It contains piercing to lat in enough air to feed the flame, but certainly not enough to provide any significant light. Lanterns designed to illuminate generally had one or more “horn” panels, hence the name “lanthorne” (later evolving to “lantern”). Horn was inexpensive, more durable than glass, and was widely used in the 19th century.

Frigid houses, carriages and meeting houses made foot warmers things of necessity. Households would have a number of them in various shapes and sizes ready to keep feet or food warm, and I suppose small children would have found them a comforting seat on a frosty morning!





watchman lantern


Historic reproduction. This is a superior reproduction of an absolutely magnificent medieval lantern. With it’s large handle at the back, and ample piercings to give out lots of light, we surmise this was probably a type of lantern favored by night watchmen and others who needed a good source of directed light. Entirely handmade of heavy copper, this lantern is Romanesque in style. It has any hand cut trefoils, and a very decorative and intricately cut door hinge and top piece. This lantern is glassless and is built to last forever proof the original is still around!) A lantern like this could make walking the dog at night an event to look forward to! Fully documented and accurate in every detail, you will be proud to display and use this wonderful lantern! Museum antiquing included in price.
Dated: 15th century
Origin: English
Materials: copper
Dimensions: 4 1/2″dia. 11″tall
X-0199-C WATCHMAN’S LANTERN(commissioned work) $539.OO






Historic reproduction. This is an outstanding museum reproduction of an 18th century lantern. We have departed from the original only in replacing the original horn panels with mica. (Horn is nearly impossible to obtain, and as mica was used we feel it is an acceptable alternative). This is probably the most commonly depicted lantern in period paintings and illustrations. It is completely handmade of heavy gauge copper. It has hooded smoke vents to avoid staining walls and ceilings. It has a large ring for carrying or hanging, and a hinged door. It accepts one candle. This is the “right” lantern to have in any 18th century interior and is one of our favorites!
Dated: 18th century
Origin: Dutch/English
Materials: copper
Dimensions: 1 2″tall (1 7″incl.handle) 6″dia.
X-0201-C DUTCH ROUND LANTERN(commissioned work) $356.00







Historically inspired. From an antique tin original. This is such a graceful sconce that it will add elegance to any room. The beautifully antiqued copper has the lovely hue of an old penny, with just a touch of verdigris. The crimped sunburst design at the top makes a delightful pattern on the wall when the candle is lit. We are certain you will enjoy the atmosphere this sconce will create in that special room!
Dated: late 18th century
Origin: American
Materials: antiqued copper
Dimensions: 4″ x 13 1/3″
X-0204-AC WISCASSET SCONCE(commissioned work) $75.00






foot warmers

Historic reproduction. This is the foot warmer we all picture at the hearth! We reproduced it from an original that was dated circa 1750, but this style was popular for at least 200 years! A sturdy wood frame encloses the pierced tin box. The frame is hand turned and pegged just like the old ones! The tin box has hinged door, ember tray with handle. A wire bail for carrying. Foot warmers were necessities in those chilly colonial homes! (We also have documentation that they had other uses: such as a footstool, which led to the destruction of many foot warmers, and food warmers – which makes a lot of sense.) This foot warmer would look great at any hearth, but remember – it was meant to be used too!
Dated: circa 1750
Origin: English/American
Materials: tin, various wood as available
X-0208-T WOOD FRAME FOOT WARMER(commissioned work) $275.00







Contemporary design by Peter Goebel. This stunning wreath is made up of over 100 hand cut and formed leaves which are individually soldered to create a breath taking wreath! It’s design makes it a real centerpiece for any season. A big red velvet bow for winter, some baby’s breath and a little lace for spring, a few silk flowers for summer, or some dried wildflowers for the fall! This wreath is so versatile, it can decorate a door, wall, or hang in front of a mirror for a more dramatic effect ! Beautifully antiqued copper.
Dated: contemporary
Materials: copper
X-0226-C ALL SEASONS WREATH(commissioned work) 425.00