AR07 - A glass luminary of Benjamin Franklin in 1777. The item has the image of Franklin, sandcarved on a 6"x8"x.25" glass rectangle. This image of Franklin is originally from "A Popular History of the United States", by William Cullen Bryant and Sydney Howard Gay, published in New York by Charles Scribners' Sons, in 1881, and was originally engraved by H. B. Hall. This glass sandcarving also includes Franklin's signature. The glass rectangle is mounted on a painted wooden base and comes with plastic pads on the bottom to avoid scratching the resting surface.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author and printer, postmaster, political theorist, satirist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As a scientist, he is famous for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He also formed the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.
This luminary is overall 6 inches wide and 9 1/4 inches high. Attached to the base is an engraved black and silver metal plate with information about the image.
The glass and its image are illuminated from behind by a six lamp LED light (included) which is powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included). This luminary makes a great night light or a light source to brighten a darker corner of your bookshelf.