Ballast Bro. upcycled glass lantern

Ballast Bro. upcycled glass lantern

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Ballast Bro, Cir. 1895

Known as a Ballast Bottle, like the rounded bottom of a ship, was manufactured around 1895 by the Kilner Bros at their Thornhill Lees factory in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England. This lantern required a lot of research to identify and revealed quite a bit of family drama along the way! When fallouts and new partnerships arose among siblings or their offspring, they would modify the company logo which made identification rather challenging. By today’s standards the Kilner Bro Company was an absolute dumpster fire yet their legacy endures!  

This unique design was quite popular in Great Britain and 95-ish% of bottles found in the US were produced by and imported from our cheeky Atlantic neighbors. The clever horizontal positioning kept the wired-down cork from drying out and shrinking, critical for preserving carbonation, especially for long voyages or during extended storage periods. This bottle is about 130 years old and quite extraordinary! 

What’s Inside: 

Tea light sits on a brass bobèche, metal cup or ring that catches melting or dripping wax, removed from a tapered candle holder made in India during the mid-19th century.


Local creative Mary Cloutier scours the state of Maine for vintage glass bottles, jewelry, and candlesticks that she refashions into truly one of a kind lanterns. Designed to hold tea lights (real or flameless) but just as lovely hanging out on their own. These unique pieces make thoughtful gifts for any birthday, celebration, or regular old Wednesday.

Made in Maine with love and history.

A note from the maker:

I make lanterns out of historically significant objects that reconnect consumers to Maine and New England’s industrious past. My work is a culmination of an inherited appreciation for antiques and desire to pull these materials out of the waste stream.


Every object has a life cycle, this sequence begins with harvesting raw materials which are manufactured into a product that is sold to consumers. Although this process alters the physical form and intended use of these items, the transformation creates a new chapter in its life cycle I hope never ends.