$ 129.00

I lived in San Francisco in 1965 for a while. My parents lived in the L.A. area and came to visit me for a few days. While I was at work they went sightseeing and shopping in different area of San Francisco.

When they got home in the evening, they told me that when they were shopping, they came across a group of artists selling their handmade items on the street. My mother liked the items of one particular artist and one of the items he had for sale was a handmade (now vintage) pierced-work lantern that had a door that opened and could hold a candle. My mother fell in love with it and she said that the artist told her how he made it and the time it took to do so. My father purchased it for my mother as a remembrance of their visit to San Francisco that weekend. That was 59 years ago and if my parents were still here that would make them 109 years old!

My mother couldn't wait to get it home and add it to her huge bookcase in the living room which housed not only books but many of her collections as well. We all loved looking at all of the items that were there to see what new things had been acquired. I am now selling my mother's collections along with a lot of other memorabilia that she acquired throughout her lifetime.

The metal lantern was always rusty from the time it was purchased and the rusty finish adds so much to it. There is a door that open in the front of the lantern with a place to put a maybe 10" taper. However, I put a no-flame battery operated candle which was wider inside instead just because I now prefer that type of a candle so I don't have to worry whether I blew the candle out or not!

Approximate measurements:
It measures from top to bottom including the metal loop: 16"
Diameter of the bottom is: 5-1/8

There is a little thin tab on the front of the lantern that fits into a section of metal on the door to close it. However, I did not want to try to slide the tab through the slit because it looks a bit weak to me and I did not want to break it off. That piece which is about 1/2 of the tab could probably be reenforced somehow but even if that small front part of the tab did come off, there would still be a small section that could fit through the slit in the door. I always just shut the door without slipping the tab through the slit. (Last 2 Photos)

This would look great with a candle inside in a rustic kitchen, living room, poolside or on the patio in the evening.


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