Our natural fear of the darkness as humans is counteracted by the presence of light. While today we have electricity to light our way, the older times in which our ancestors lived had a great variety of lanterns.
Most lamps of today are either used when camping in the wilderness or when one wishes to have a more aesthetically unique home. Though the fuel for many lamps has been changed throughout history, the lanterns of today mostly use oil.
The bright light of these lanterns helped sailors to see through a rough storm. Rooms that are dark or dim can use these pieces to light the room at strategic points while retaining and enhancing a room’s natural beauty. Today, an antique lantern is used as an excellent decorative item that brings an old world feel to any room.
One unique ability of this piece is that it can fit in with almost every type of setting. These pieces do very well in both more professional office spaces as well as informal home areas. The dual purpose of this item – as a decoration and as having a use in emergencies – make it a very well-rounded installment.
The light given off by an antique lantern is a very ambient light. This is due in part to the effect an oil-fed flame has versus regular electric bulbs. In emergencies, these items can serve as a first aid light source and asset to any home. Many gatherings of emergency support equipment and first aid kits come well equipped with small lamps that are powered either by batteries or oil. An antique lantern retains a wonderful sense of old world, well aged charm with their slightly older frames, age, and long history of use.