Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Inspired by: Bell Jar Lanterns
I spent most of Saturday hitting a few local antique malls with my Mom and sisters (AKA, my perfect Saturday!) on the hunt for a few upgrades for my Mom's builder basic house. We found an antique bell jar lantern that was just beautiful. It was more than we wanted to spend and needed some work by a professional, so we passed, but I haven't stopped thinking about it.
Bell jar lanterns or hall lanterns were made in the early 19th century for English and American homes. The glass was hand-blown and may have been etched or left clear. Older examples were lit with candles or oil, and the cap on the top was used to prevent scorching on the ceiling. Source.
Antiques range in price based on age and condition, but reproductions are widely available. Here are a few of my favorites.
Small Clear Hall Lantern from Circa Lighting
Bronze and Clear Glass Smokebell at Shades of Light
Hundi Lantern from Pottery Barn
Top image: Kristen Panitch in House Beautiful. Lantern images: courtesy their respective sources.