Pre-Civil War Era Watchman's Lantern

$105.00 Regular Price
$57.75Sale Price
This is a pre-Civil War era watchman's or police bulls-eye lantern with its whale oil burner completely intact. It is circa 1845 and has a wonderful japanned surface that is in great shape. These were used by watchmen or police officers during the early part of the 19th century. Whale oil lamps went out of use by the start of the Civil War when the much cheaper kerosene oil became popular.
In 1859, the American petroleum industry began in Titusville, PA and soon kerosene supplanted whale oil. By 1861, whaling was almost a thing of the past so the U.S. government bought thirty eight old whaling ships that they then sunk to use as part of a blockade in Charleston Harbor to try and blockade the port.
It is 7" tall. Offered with FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING! Eligible for priority mail upgrade that is an option in shopping cart.