Extremely rare Folding Travelling Lantern in exceptional, original condition.
This lantern appears to be made from a hardwood, something relating to Rosewood, and the metalwork 'Eastern'; the curled wax taper is the same as encountered on wax jacks of the 18th century.
We attribute this to be colonial, perhaps Batavian, and dating from the 18th century, however, a French example is shown in Pinto's, (plate 122) and discussed on p.122. In short 'survivals are extremely rare' and date from the middle to end of the 16th century. The example shown in Pinto's has replacement paper whereas in this example the paper is considered original. We understand it was recently discovered amongst the contents of a Georgian period ladies sewing box all dating from the middle of the eighteenth century.
3.5 inches diameter.