Last quarter 19th century hand-held American signal lamp engraved “NAVIGATOR’S LAMP” on the front above the hinged door. Composed of brass, this old seafaring light retains a wonderful old weathered bronze patina. Features a thick, blown glass bull’s eye lens and finger slide shutter. Double swing bail handles and mounting bracket on back. Measures 6 1/2 inches tall. Nice early example surviving in good condition with expected wear from use and age and a minor weld repair at the base of lens hood. The interior removable font we believe is of the same period but we doubt it to be original to the lamp.
This style maritime light is typically marked "Boat Signal Lantern" This is a rare example engraved using the “Navigator” label. The function of this lantern was to transmit Morse code by use of the sliding shutter door located below the lamp's door.