These lanterns have a space inside them for a wax
candle. The handle allowed them to be carried around at night.
One of the characteristics of earthenware is the high degree of manual
labour involved in the making process, and with that came variations in
the end product. The lantern on the left is about one cm taller than the
one on the right (Still the same model number), so clearly different
moulds were used to make them. The old moulds were probably replaced by
new ones and had a slightly different size, after all the lanterns were
made approximately 3 years apart from each other.
The paper label was used to show the Model number and the decor name. On
one of them the label with the number is still visible. There are really
many places where to find the model number, after 1916 this was often
incised into the pottery, they also painted it as part of the mark, and on
top of that mentioned it on the paper label as well.