Paul Revere is famous for being a patriot and a passionate colonist, having been one of the principal horsemen who led Boston’s Committee of Safety during the Boston Tea Party. He systematically set up a complex arrangement of lanterns, thus alerting the Minutemen of the British invasion, engraving his name in history forever as an American hero.
His original version of colonial lanterns has been replicated for several hundreds of years and remains a favorite lantern design by many American manufacturers.
By trade, Paul Revere was a second generation silversmith and artisan, excelling at his trade by fabricating beautifully crafted tea sets and spoons. Not only was he celebrated in 1775 as the man who rode into the Lexington night to take heed of the approaching Redcoats -he later expanded his American company to include a foundry so that he could further manufacture exquisite silver and pewter hardware for his discerning clientele.
Check out this story about Paul Revere’s famous lantern, lit by one candle and made by hand: www.concordmuseum.org/lantern.php
Although Paul Revere’s original colonial lantern was made from iron, instead of brass, it was prone to rusting and disentagrating in the wet weather of Boston and probably wouldn’t have survived many harsh winters for very long. Colonial lanterns were crudely fashioned and embellished by hand.
Today, we continue that historical influence by fabricating, here in the USA, these simple lanterns that have a beauty and simplicity all their own. Our patterns and colonial lanterns have been in the family for 105 years – softly and historically illuminating entryways.
If you like this version of an 18th century Colonial lantern, or, if you have a more complex custom design in mind, call Customlightstyles at 707-547-9909 and have a chat with Mary Lu.