Metal Bodied Lanterns
These lanterns were at the cheaper end of the market this particular model sold for 17/- the body was made of tinplate but usually the lens housing was brass.
Lanterns of this design were often used in homes, here an oil burning illuminant is in use as seen from the tall chimney to provide an updraft of air. In earlier lanterns often a bent chimney was used which had the advantage of preventing light escaping into the room.
More expensive models were made of "Russian iron" a grey/blue type of galvanized iron that was resistant to rust.
|Above a brass and Russian iron lantern with lighting unit removed|
Lanterns were often sold by opticians and frequently these opticians put their own logo or identity on the lanterns. The above lantern was sold by Lizars opticians of Glasgow.