C.T. Ham Mfg. Co. of Rochester, NY, made this lantern in the early 1890s. The ‘D’ shaped tubes was a design used by C.T. Ham frequently in the 1890s. This lantern has a pin lift, which is on the lower left side of the lantern. Ham lanterns of this era also have a spring inside the center tube. The spring inside the tube is used to hold the crown firmly to the globe. The wire on the outside of the center tube is used to lift the crown so the user can remove the globe. This lantern predates Ham’s “Side Spring Safety” line of lanterns.
I got this lantern fairly early into my collecting, it’s a neat little lantern.The simplicity of the lantern is something I love, it has no guard, square bail, pin lift, etc. I believe the bail was shaped like that so an optional cage could be added. However, I’m not really that familiar with Ham lanterns.
The globe is cast with “Ham’s No.0 Tubular”. A fairly common Ham globe, but fits perfectly in this lantern. I actually found the globe in a Dietz Side Lift, but figured it was better suited in this Ham lantern.