Sandwich Lantern — Specializing in Handcrafted Indoor and Outdoor Light Fixtures
At Sandwich Lantern, our craftsmen have continued the tradition of handcrafting lanterns in the United States since 1988. In our facility located on Cape Cod in Sandwich, Massachusetts, we use solid copper and solid brass materials that will stand the test of time. Impervious to salt air and harsh environments, the lanterns weather gracefully without maintenance or attention (aside from cleaning the glass, if preferred). We take such pride in our quality work that we place a lifetime guarantee with our lanterns (excluding the glass).
History of the Lanterns
Original productions of these colonial lighting fixtures date back to the 1800s. These fixtures originally produced light by burning whale oil. Early productions of these fixtures were crafted out of tin, which did not withstand the harsh coastal climate.
The “ring” at the top of the lantern was used as a handle to carry the oil lantern. Once someone was finished using the lantern, they would have hung the lantern on a hook or bracket. This bracket could have been mounted to the house, barn, post, etc. The “cage” around the lantern was added to provide protection for the glass. These lanterns were also used on whaling ships, as well as for railroad signals.