A rare, George III brass, pocket or lady's lantern, which folds into a book
Expanding or unfolding on a spring. The vent with decorative piercings, etched to the sides and spine to simulate binding, with two-piece handle fixed to the spine,
Length 11cm Depth 10cm Height x 18cm when open
To illustrate its small size the lantern has been photographed closed in its book form beside an 18th century, sheet glass lantern Length 8.5cm Depth 5cm, Height18.5cm
For folding book-form lanterns of similar date, see R. Gentle & R. Feild, Domestic Metalwork 1640 - 1820 (1998), p. 193, Figures 20 & 21.
Rare survival of an object made for practical use, with an attractive and deceptive aesthetic which effectively flat packs and taking up very little space when not in use. Illustrates the ingenious creativity of the Georgian craftsmen, concept of a device and the sophisticated requirements of the Georgian lady or gentleman. Although made over 250 years ago, it is a fabulous example of concept design.
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