U. S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT Dry Red Lead Box
This box measures 9" long by 5 1/2" high by 4" deep and is made of tin with the Brass U.S. Lighthouse Establishment makers tag present. Made Ca. 1838 and the rarest of the rare items of this type. Dry Red Lead was mixed with linseed oil, and used for making Letharge, a compound used by the Lighthouse Service to keep the Glass segments in the Fresnel Lens firmly held to the Brass frame. The detail of the Makers tag is quite interesting, and this type of tag is found only on the earliest versions of tins made by the Lighthouse Establishment in the 1840's - 1870's.
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