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Post Mount Copper Onion Lanterns by New England Copperworks
Copper Post Onion lanterns light up the way to your home. Each lantern is hand made by our skilled craftsmen using traditional metal-smithing and metal spinning techniques used for centuries. Using heavy gauge copper, hand soldered solid copper cage wires and hand spun parts for seamless strength and beauty we are able to produce premium quality onion lanterns built to withstand even the harsh coastal New England weather.
Post Lanterns fit standard 3 inch post collar and we also offer a transition skirt if mounting your lantern to a larger pillar. Thumb screws allow for ease in cleaning and replacement of bulbs. Our Post Onion Lanterns come in 2 sizes with your choice of 1 round bulb or the 3 candle light cluster as well as a natural or weathered copper finish.
Our lanterns are made to order and returns may be subject to a 20% re-stocking fee plus all shipping charges. All lanterns must be returned in good condition, still in the original bag. Please be certain of the size you wish to purchase by using our size chart below the order form to ensure you are receiving the proper size for your home. If you are in need of a measurement we have not listed please notify us and we will be sure to give you all information needed.
History of the Onion Lantern
In researching the history of the onion lantern we have been able to learn that during the early 1800's factories started producing clear glass and with the need for a sturdy portable lantern the globe “onion” glass was developed. Soon after the “cage” wires were added as extra protection to the globe and also allowed for a thinner, lighter weight globe. These lanterns were initially designed as a light to burn whale oil (a very clean-burning fuel) around the 19 th century and were used by railroads and shipping/ nautical companies. Originally early colonial lighting was made of tin. Unfortunately lanterns made of tin, while they looked nice did not withstand the New England climate. Later with the improved designs and the use of copper, the onion lantern became popular for use in homes and farms throughout the country.