Old Sturbridge Village Handmade Tin Sunburst Lantern

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Pickup available at Ox & Yoke Store located in Oliver Wight Building

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This Sunburst Lantern is handmade by Old Sturbridge Village "Tinners". Made by using hand tools and machines that were considered to be innovations in the early 19th-century. These lanterns make the perfect centerpiece or outdoor decor and bring a touch of history into your home. Originally made for outdoor use. Indoor use may produce enough heat to melt the candle. We recommend placing the lantern on a plate to protect the surface.

Product Details:

  • Handmade by Old Sturbridge Village tinners
  • Dimensions: approx. 6" x 6" x 17" (with handle)
  • Holds any standard tapered candle 
  • The sunburst design creates an awesome reflection when lit
  • Care: handwash with a soft cloth
Additional Product Details

Tin History: The tin business in New England grew rapidly after 1820. Tin shop owners imported tinplated sheet iron from Great Britain, shaped it into a variety of forms, and distributed their finished goods through peddlers and country stores. They also sold tinware in their shops. Colanders, dippers, dish kettles, funnels, measures, and pans were in greatest demand. Other common items included lanterns, foot stoves, teapots, coffeepots, “tin kitchens”, skimmers, and sconces.

The Tin Shop at Old Sturbridge Village is a reconfigured early 1800s shed. Here, “tinners” work with hand tools as well as machines that were new innovations in the early 19th century. These machines turned tinplate, made grooves and folds, and inserted wire, increasing a shop’s production.

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