This lantern is based on an original design by the Swiss physicist and chemist Aimé Argand. Patented in 1780, it was the first fixture to employ a hollow cylindrical wick through and around which air flows, increasing the intensity of the light produced. The invention counted among its fans Thomas Jefferson, who noted that the brightness was 6 to 10 times that of conventional wicks. The Argand remained in wide use through Europe and the Americas until the 1850s, when it was gradually displaced by kerosene lamps.
Every piece is handmade to order here in our Vermont workshops. This fixture has a lead time of 4-6 weeks.
All metal parts are made of American sheet copper, brass or terne coated copper. Individual parts start out as sheets of metal on which patterns are laid out, cut, folded, rolled and soldered by hand. When called for in a particular model, wood parts are hand turned of Vermont maple and stained or painted in keeping with the original designs. We make no compromises with either materials or quality.
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Hand Burnished Copper
Copper parts are hand burnished and left uncoated to oxidize and age to a patina similar to an old penny.
A coating of hot-dipped tin alloy is applied to the raw copper sheet at the foundry. When left exposed to the elements its bright new finish will dull down to a mottled gray.
Darkened Terne Coated Copper
Terne-coated copper is oxidized by hand and then sealed to retain its blackened finish. DO NOT USE METAL POLISH AS IT WILL REMOVE THE PLATING.
Hand Burnished Brass
Metal Parts are burnished and left uncoated to age naturally. They will darken over time and acquire a black colored patina.
Metal parts are hand-plated with our pewter formula. They will oxidize darken and acquire the patina of mottled, old pewter. DO NOT USE METAL POLISH AS IT WILL REMOVE THE PLATING.
Metal parts are plated with our custom blue-black formula.
Fingerprints on metal are initially prominent due to accelerated oxidation. Each fixture is assembled by hand and the moisture in the skin darkens the contacted metal rapidly. The drier remaining portions of exposed metal will darken more slowly. Both areas will blend as they age and acquire a patina.