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Signed 17th C. Bullseye Lantern

Scarce signed 17th/18th C. hammered red brass bullseye lantern with pierced and repousse body decoration. Virtually all bullseye lanterns of this period are sheet brass. Rolled and perforated sheet iron came later. But a signed example in this condition is nothing short of exceptional. Encircling the underside is a ring of die punched maker signatures: “E. Favier.” All original, from the hanging ring, to the crenellated roof, to the blown bullseye lens. Either English or possibly French or Belgian. Ca. 1670-1710. 8”H x 3” diameter. See pp. 226 of John Caspall’s Fire and Light for illustrations and a discussion of comparable candle lanterns.