Stunning Large Victorian Ships Lamp / Lantern - Brass and Copper - Converted
A stunning large rare Victorian brass and copper ships lantern manufactured by Proud and Hogg who were based in Barry Docks in Cardiff in the latter half of the 19th Century. We cannot date this precisely but Proud and Hogg were ships chandlers and general brass founders and coppersmiths operating from around 1870 until the partnership was dissolved in 1895 (see pictures from the local newspapers of the time).
This lantern has been converted and can be mains connected, though it is sold as a decorative piece. It is constructed from brass and copper with 5 protective vertical bars and both brass guides on each side are intact as well as the original handle. It measures approx. 21in / 54cm tall and 10in / 25cm diameter at the base and weighs around 7kg.
It does have one dent (see pictures) to the underside where the glass lantern meets the inner ridge of the lamp as well as other smaller dinks and dents to the outer casing as would be expected from a piece of this age. There are also a few chips to the glass commensurate with it's age which are also shown in the pictures. These oil burning lanterns were made to be lit and hoisted to the top of the ships mast with one rope tied to the handle and 2 ropes connected through the brass guides to keep it from swaying as the ship rolled with the sea.
It is a wonderful late Victorian example.