A fine gilt bronze lantern, mid-19th century

Possibly American and by Henry Northey Hooper & Co

Of square tapering form, cast and chased with rocaille ornament, on chain suspensions

The lantern excluding chain drop -- 20in. (51 cm) high; 17in. (43.2 cm) wide

Henry Northey Hooper (1799 – 1865) was a preeminent 19th-century American manufacturer and merchant of decorative lighting, Civil War artillery, and bells and chimes. He was a Boston politician and foundry owner and in his firm he cast the first life-size bronze statue in the United States.

 

Condition: The gilding tarnished and worn in areas consistent with exposure to the elements. The chain suspensions and corona later associated. Currently without electric light fitment, or its original light source. 

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