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Metal Candle Lanterns

Vintage-inspired lanterns keep flames from flickering in the wind, while casting soft—and safe—candlelight in both indoor and outdoor spaces

Illuminate Your Home

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Here at This Old House, we love accents with purpose. These decorative metal lanterns with faceted glass panels look charming but also supply subtle illumination. Precursors to electric and gas lights, lanterns guided the way along dim paths and from carriage to front door. Modern versions still have handles for carrying or rings for hanging, as well as designs that echo centuries of use around the world, from Morocco to the English countryside. Some lanterns are meant for indoors or to be taken outside just for the duration of dinner alfresco, but others are built of weather-resistant materials to be left in the elements long-term. Here are 13 glowing options.

Clean-Lined

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IKEA

Made of: Galvanized steel

Size: 6"W x 11"H

Basics: A boxy shape and rectangular cutouts for ventilation give this lantern an Arts and Crafts look. Can be left outdoors.

About $8; ikea-usa.com for stores

Verdigris Patina

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Jamali Garden

Made of: Iron with an antiqued finish

Size: 4"W x 13"H

Basics: A green-gold wash and slight imperfections in the metalwork on this oval lantern impart an aged, handmade appearance.

About $22; jamaligarden.com

Architectural

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Foreside Home & Garden

Made of: Iron with a patina finish

Size: 8¼"W x 24"H

Basics: Intersecting straps protect the glass, and an arched cupola top adds shape and height.

About $250 for a set of three in graduated sizes (shown: medium); foresidehomeandgarden.com for stores

Green Gazebo

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Plow & Hearth

Made of: Iron with a green painted finish

Size: 6¾"W x 16¼"H

Basics: A pointed roof and muntins on the textured-glass panels mimic details on a tiny garden house. Comes with a battery-powered LED tea light.

About $35; plowhearth.com

Gold Filigree

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Jamali Garden

Made of: Iron with a patina finish

Size: 5¾"W x 16"H

Basics: This Moorish-style lantern has pierced-metal side panels, rather than glass, that cast delicate filtered light.

About $20; jamaligarden.com

Renaissance Revived

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Frontgate

Made of: Powder-coated brass with a green-patina finish

Size: 12¾"W x 28½"H

Basics: This Gothic-style lantern is cast from solid brass and weighs in at 23 pounds. A sturdy footed base and beveled glass add to its appeal. Can be left outdoors.

About $299; frontgate.com

Tapered Tower

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Jamali Garden

Made of: Iron with a patina finish

Size: 7"W x 17"H

Basics: This slender six-sided lantern has an intricate swirl design beneath the crown.

About $24; jamaligarden.com

Tall and Stately

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Jamali Garden

Made of: Painted iron with a patina finish

Size: 9¾"W x 26"H

Basics: This large lantern holds one wide pillar candle or a group of slender ones. Pierced-metal brackets embellish the glass side panels.

About $55; jamaligarden.com

Pretty Pagoda

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Cyan Designs

Made of: Iron with a green painted patina finish

Size: 9"W x 17½"H

Basics: The geometric lattice that overlays the glass panels was inspired by motifs seen on ancient Buddhist temples.

About $95; wayfair.com

Minimalist

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Restoration Hardware

Made of: Steel with a weathered-zinc finish

Size: 6¼"W x 15¼"H

Basics: This sleek lantern has a handle for easy portability and a finish that helps resist rust if left in a covered outdoor area.

About $65; restorationhardware.com

Incised Pattern

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Jamali Garden

Made of: Iron with a patina finish

Size: 6"W x 23"H

Basics: This fixture has alternating glass and ornate pierced-metal sides, modeled after stone tracery in the architecture of India.

About $30; jamaligarden.com