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Treasure Hunt: August 14, 2014


08/14/14



Dear Donna,

The attached picture is of a kerosene lantern. I was told that it was used to look in on chickens in their coop at night. The little window is covered with mica. It has two wicks. I am curious as to how old this is. Also, I wonder if what I was told was accurate and if the item has any value to speak of. Thank you very much for your expertise and your willingness to share it.

Reader
 
Dear Reader,
What you have here is a chicken house brooder. This was actually made before electricity was used in coops, in the late 1930s, to keep the chickens from freezing — and, just as important, to keep their water from freezing. So it was for a source of heat, not lighting.
 
They were very well taken care of back then, so you can still find them around and in good condition such as yours. Having the mica window still intact, though, is not as common. A lot of them lost the window. The value is in the range of $40.
 
Some people even today use the old method with newer versions of the same lantern, but to me the older ones have all the charm.
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668).  





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