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A Coastal Battery Fighting Lantern, 1896
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A Coastal Battery Fighting Lantern, 1896

Measurements: Height: 28 cm (11in)



Copper lantern glazed on three sides and with a hinged door on the remaining side, the inside serving as a reflector for the square removable burner, fitted with an adjustable trimming wheel, complete with fluted conical safety guard top, hand grip to back, top loop with turned dark wood handle,  marked on the front ‘Griffiths & Browett, / 1896 / WD’, the Board of Ordnance broad arrow,  and the numeric‘50’.

This type of fighting lantern was replaced by a pressure lantern. Experience showed that fighting lanterns of this design were prone to being extinguished by the concussion of the gun firing in a confined space such as below decks on a ship or a gun casemate. In the later fighting lantern a series of plates and springs comprising a ‘valve’ prevented this whilst ensuring a supply of air. In action fighting lamps were secured to the walls of a casemate by means of supporting brackets of the type found in the Palmerston forts built against the threat French attacks against Portsmouth in the 1850 and 60s. Fort Brockhurst, Fort Fareham, and the 9.2 inch gun positions at Browndown Battery and Fort Gilkicker.