The Brass Lantern

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Wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the Vermont Lanterns Family!

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Now available a full range of brass Vermont Lanterns® in brushed Pewter finish! Handsome look of classic colonial pewter, adds a great color and finish option for your home or restaurant. Choose from many Vermont Lanterns Series like the Mini's, Dorset, Mansfield and Equinox table lamps, and new Wall Lanterns including the Mansfield Saloon lamp. Our same high quality Brass Oil Lamps in a striking Pewter finish.

Full selection of Pewter Oil Lamps here

Stay safe and be prepared for emergency power outages with Oil Lamps and Hurricane Lanterns. Our favorite go to item when we lose power is a Hurricane Lantern, they burn brighter than standard table lamps, and can be used in all weather conditions. They will shine bright even in high winds, rain or snow. They also put out a some heat, enough thermal BTU's to help in a winter emergency situation. Check out our expanded selection of Hurricane Oil Lamps and Lanterns here, and make sure you have extra lamp oil and spare wicks. Choose from rugged galvanized steel, and solid brass options.

In September 1859 the largest known solar flare on record so far was hurled at earth from the sun.  All over Europe and North America telegraph systems failed, with some telegraph operators getting electrocuted and burnt by their morse keys as the storm hit. Pylons threw sparks, telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire, and despite being disconnected from power supplies it was possible to send and receive messages for days via the 'celestial power' humming through the wires.

Hurricane Sandy caused $33 billion damage in New York alone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness. A damage estimate of even $50 billion total would make Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, right behind Hurricane Katrina. Sandy inundated parts of New York City and New Jersey with a storm surge as high as 14 feet, killed more than 100 people and left more than 8.5 million people without power at its peak.

As Hurricane Sandy moves toward the eastern third of the country bringing forceful winds and rainfall that could wreak havoc for days across 800 miles of the United States, officials are urging people in its path to take the storm seriously and heed any evacuation orders.

"The time for preparing and talking is about over. People need to be acting now," FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said.

We are proud to have our Lanterns used in the new hit show Revolution! Check it out Mondays @ 10/9c on NBC.

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Overloaded US power grid stretched to capacity; Will America follow in India's footsteps?

Could the U.S. really suffer the kinds of widespread power outages that struck two-thirds of India's billion-plus population recently? Absolutely, say experts, and fixing the problem won't be cheap.

While the nation's power infrastructure is referred to as a "grid," suggesting seamless interconnectivity, "the network more closely resembles a patchwork quilt stitched together to cover a rapidly expanding nation," the Washington Post reported.

Sweltering Heat Plagues Storm, Fire Recovery Across U.S.At least 22 people killed by severe weather since Friday as crews continue to battle wildfires in Colorado.Posted Monday, July 2, 2012, at 2:06 PM ET

Nearly 4 million homes and businesses were without power on Saturday amid a record heat wave in the eastern United States after deadly thunderstorms downed power lines from Indiana to New Jersey. At least 11 people were killed.

Statewide emergencies were declared in Washington D.C., Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia because of damage from overnight storms, which brought hurricane-force winds along a 500-mile (800-km) stretch.

Forecasters predicted more severe thunderstorms as renewed heat blanketed the area on Saturday.

U.S. Northeast utilities were at work today, restoring power to more than 3.8 million homes and businesses after the region’s biggest October snowstorm in decades blanketed some towns with 31 inches. Connecticut Light & Power said 800,935 customers were without service this afternoon, surpassing the outages caused by Hurricane Irene. The state capital of Hartford set an October snow record with 12.3 inches (31 centimeters).

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - Millions of people from Maine to Maryland were without power as an unseasonably early nor'easter dumped heavy, wet snow over the weekend on a region more used to gaping at leaves in October than shoveling snow. The snow was due to stop falling in New England late Sunday, but Halloween will likely come and go before many of the more than 3 million without electricity see it restored, officials warned. Several referred to the combination of the storm's early arrival and its ferocity as historic, yet another unwelcome superlative for weather-weary Northeasterners.

Leading scientists are warning that a massive solar storm could trigger a $2 trillion “global Katrina” that short-circuits power grids worldwide.

Attention Holiday shoppers! We now carry multiple types of globes on some of our best selling lanterns! These elegant new globes add a different look, and even better light! Be sure to check them out in our All Oil Lanterns page. The Brass Desk, Brass Table, Wall & Table, and even The Tavern mug lamp have been totally upgraded with new globes! 

The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses. End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America's future? There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life.

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NASA has previously warned in a study that a solar storm on the surface of the sun could hit earth in the coming years causing mass destruction of our power grids. But unlike the coronal mass ejection that provided views of the aurora borealis at lower latitudes than normal earlier this month, this type of solar storm could be so powerful it may wipe out the power grid on the entire planet...

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We have recently shifted into a new building for all our packing and shipping! Its been a great upgrade for us, and has allowed to be more efficient and expand our business in just the right way. We even have a showroom setup so if you're in the area you can check us out in person. We have a sign out front so you can easily find us. We've had a few customers already! Bonus: We can walk home for lunch since its right around the block. You can now find Vermont Lanterns at 127 Park St #A, Rutland, Vermont, 05701. But please note the shop hours are by appointment: 802-776-8025.

We know you want them, and now we have them! Check out our brand new Chiefs Lamps over in our Catalogue. We have a smaller 10" model , or a larger 15"  if you've got the space.

It may sound like the premise for the next Michael Bay, big-budget action extravaganza - but scientists say a storm from space could change life on Earth as we know it. And the United States is woefully unprepared for such a disaster, according to a new report.

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We've decided to start running sales every month on select products. Check out the fun right now over at our new Monthly Specials page. Right now all the oil lanterns listed there are $20 -$50 off! Customer response has been great so far. They're happy, we're happy, why don't you head over and add to it! It is nearly 4th of July after all. You can't be caught without lighting something so you might as well celebrate by lighting up one of our lanterns.

When the sun acts up, all hell can break loose. It has happened before and it can happen again. And now none other than NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are both warning that the sun may be entering a violent cycle--a period of intense activity that has not been seen by humans for almost 150 years...

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Vermont Lanterns in the house! Check out our shows for the low down on upcoming events we're attending. We'll be hitting up the prestigious Newport International Boatshow in September, and then the United States Sailboat Show in October at Annapolis. See shows page for details or you could always Call us for more info. 

We've added new items to our product line. Introducing the Mini Hurricane. Comes in both Brass & Antique flavors. Get em while they're hot!

While your ogling the new Hurricane models don't forget to also see our classy new Pocket & Desk Compasses, also in Brass and Antique! (Larger models coming soon.)