Antique Nautical Lanterns


2015-06-26 11:17:15

Antique Nautical Lanterns

Antique Nautical Lanterns are original lanterns designed to be used aboard ships.

Brief history and description

Antique nautical lanterns were, as many antiques of their kind, created primarily for functional rather than decorative purposes.

The lanterns served to shed light after sundown on board ships, though other models hail from lighthouses and other maritime buildings. Usually made from iron or tinplate, these materials were cheap to buy; it is rare to find a nautical lantern made from more expensive materials.

Some antique lanterns are several hundred years old, and they have since found a new life as decorative collectables.

Guide for collectors

Antique lanterns are a much sought after and very useful collectable; many models still possess fixtures from ships and are considered by collectors to be aesthetically pleasing as well as practical as lighting fixtures.

They have featured prominently at mainstream and specialist auctioneers, as well as at online auctioneers such as eBay, where collectors may discover rare finds at low prices.


Antique nautical lanterns are available at widely varying price points, with some of the most expensive reaching high sale prices at auction. This is evidenced by the sale of two antique nautical ship’s lanterns from Rich Penn Auctions on 3rd May 2008, for $1,100.

Antique nautical lanterns more regularly sell for several hundred pounds, and are frequently sold in pairs, such as the pair of Scottish nautical lanterns which auctioned from Brunk Auctions on 3rd January 2010 for $550.

There are a great many similar sales in this price range. individual antique nautical lanterns, dependent upon the size and condition of the lantern in question may retail for similar price points. This can be demonstrated by the sale of an antique gold nautical lantern for $275 on 8th July 2006 from TW Conroy LLC.

Towards the lower end of the price scale, antique nautical lanterns have also sold for very low prices, such as the early antique nautical lantern which auctioned from Point Pleasant Galleries on 10th December 2006 for $30.

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