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Accession Number: 1899.16.2

Physical Description: Pressed and pierced tin candle lantern. Half-round lantern has clear glass pane protected by X-shaped metal cage. Hinged metal door with snap latch. Conical top and loop handle with crimped washer at apex. Flat base. Tin is pierced with large round air vents on lantern top, and tiny hearts along top and bottom of sides. Also decorated with raised bands. Cylindrical tin candle socket on interior. Remnants of black paint.

History of Object: A newspaper article in the Topeka Daily Capital states that this lantern was used by the donor?s father, Hiram C. Coville, who was killed in the Price Raid of 1864. Hiram was born in Ohio and settled his family in Lawrence in 1854 before moving to the Topeka area in December. The Covilles located in Mission Township. Hiram was on the Board of County Commissioners for Shawnee County in 1861 and 1862, and was a soldier in the 2nd Kansas Militia, Company B, when he was killed in 1864. The KSHS Twelfth Biennial Report claims Hiram?s son, Allen M., brought the lantern to Kansas and used it here; Allen was about 7 years old when the family moved from Ohio.

Date: Between 1800 and 1850

Dimensions (in cm): 33.00 (H) 20.00 (W) 14.00 (D) H: 13? W: 8? D: 5 1/2?

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Associations and Subjects

    Use, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Individual: Coville, Allen M., b. 1847
    Individual: Coville, Hiram C., 1821-1864

Status: Inventoried

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