Dorset and the Sea


Photo - lantern


Tin plate lantern with perforated, patterned sides. The lighted candle could only be seen by opening the front flap. Lanterns with glass side panes were too dangerous to be used by smugglers to signal to ships as the light could also be seen by coast guards. As smuggling became more dangerous smugglers used lanterns with metal sides like this one.

Red House Museum, Christchurch