Lantern with portrait of Lincoln and Union Flag.

Object Number: 
1937.585
Date: 
1864
Medium: 
Tin, glass, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. ( 21.6 x 13.7 x 13.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on shield: "UNION" printed: below shield: "ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN THE YEAR 1864 BY FRANCIS MORANDI IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT / COURT OF MASS."
Description: 
Lantern with domed top with fluted sides on rectangular tin frame with glass panels on all four sides; behind adjacent glass panels are color-printed images of Abraham Lincoln and a red, white, and blue shield inscribed "UNION" with an eagle with outstretched wings perched above it, flags at either side, and cannon below.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this lantern was used in torchlight parades held during Abraham Lincoln's 1864 presidential campaign.
Bibliography: 
Holzer, Harold, ed. "Lincoln and New York." New York: The New-York Historical Society and London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 2009.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group