As I continue to collect Kerosene lanterns, the issue of displaying the lanterns is a challenge. Even 5 or 6 lanterns can take up a quite a bit of space.
In speaking with other collectors, this is a common problem. Before you know it, you have lanterns hanging from the ceiling, all over your basement and in your closet and if you are not careful, they will end up in your refrigerator! Given that I didn't want that to happen (where would my German beer go?) I have been building my own shelves; each one slightly different from the other.
Each and every lantern that I have restored deserves to be displayed properly. Plus, I love looking at them and am continually re-visiting them for more details and information.
You can get as creative or basic as you want or your budget allows. I first started out using a beautiful piece of exotic wood (Philippine Mahogany) and then used 1/2" copper pipe for the rails. I've also used iron rods for the 'rails'. Some of my ideas came from viewing photos of 'steampunk' shelves. It is endless what you can do with wood and metal pieces.
I would like to note that all of my steel brackets are mounted properly in the wall and can take a tremendous amount of weight. Do not just use screws to mount the brackets to your wall! If you have any questions about any of the shelves I've built, just contact me.
HAVE FUN BUILDING YOUR LANTERN CORRAL!
*****THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE LANTERNS AND SHELVES CURRENTLY IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF HENK KLOOSTERMAN*****
*****THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE LANTERNS AND SHELVES CURRENTLY IN THE PRIVATE
COLLECTION OF BROCK SHIELDS*****
*****THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE LANTERNS AND SHELVES CURRENTLY IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ALLAN WEBSTER*****