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A fine brass lantern made by Barbier, Benard & Turenne, early 20th century, Paris France. Standing 14 1/2 inches tall, this post/anchor style light features a thick, 360 degree glass Fresnel type lens that survives without cracks or chips, protected by 6 heavy gauge cast brass guards. The upper body of the lantern is designed with a ball style chimney with a series of cylindrical vents on the bottom edge. The lower body measures 4 1/4 inches tall from the bottom to the upper lip and would house the lantern burner. The manufacturers plate is positioned on the front side and states in embossed letters "ANCIENS ETACLISSEMENTS, BARBIER, BENARD & TURENNI- USINES (82, AUC CURIAL, PARIS-19; BLANC-MISSERON) (NORD)
Translated- OLD INSTITUTIONS, BARBIER, BENARD & TURENNI FACTORY (82, AUC CURIAL, PARIS-19; Blanc-Misseron) (NORTH) which is the manufacturers name and Paris address of production. The numer 82116 is also engraved below and a series of cylindrical air vents inbetween. The diameter of the lamp meaures 5 1/2 inches.
CONDITION: Two of the brass lens guards on opposite sides of the lantern has rod-type additions that were either a. longer rods for post mounting or b. extensions for upper and lower swing handles (see pictured example). The original burner is missing and now sits on a round, stained wood base with interior light for interior table use. The top section has one small surface dent and a few minor surface scratches.. Retains a fine, old brown surface patina. We added a light dimmer for light intensity adjustment. An exceptional
lantern in all respects.
BBT - Barbier, Benard and Turenne
The Company Barbier, Benard and Turenne, abbreviated BBT is a company founded in 1862 , specialized in the manufacture of headlights , the optical devices and lighting systems. LEADER in the field of global flagship in the late 19th century, the company has diversified in the twentieth century, but was dissolved in 1982.
The company was founded in 1862 by Frédéric Barbier and Stanislas Fenestre under the name "Barber and Fenestre." She then called "Barber and Co." in 1887 and "Barbier and Benard" from 1889, and is in the early twentieth century to its final name "Barbier, Benard and Turenne." It became a public limited company in 1919.
"Barbier, Benard and Turenne" or "BBT" began to specialize in the production of optical systems for lights , according to the system of Fresnel lense. The company then expanded its production, from farther away in the equipment headlights. In addition to its lens, it extends its first production at various rotation mechanisms, including weight and rotating tank on mercury . Then, it produces more buoys, steel towers, mermaids mist.
BBT thus comes to be able to construct the lighthouses in their entirety, including the tower, optical instruments and all necessary equipment. It becomes "known throughout the world" . It is a world leader in the construction of lighthouses in the late 19th century.
In 1923, the company developed the "gas BBT" which bears his name. This gas provides improvements in compression quality gas lighting and security.
The workshops are primarily located in Paris, close to the Ourcq canal. BBT then retains its headquarters in Paris, factories being located in Nazelles (Indre-et-Loire) and White-Misseron (North).