“Masonic lanterns were hung outside of taverns and other meeting sites in the 18th and 19th centuries, usually as a signal of a lodge meeting or that lodge meetings are held in that establishment. This lantern was used by a Union Army lodge during the American Civil War. Note the Masonic symbol “G” in the door of the lantern.”
From Jeri E. Walker, Guidebook to the House of the Temple: The History, Architecture, and Symbolism (forthcoming).
Photography: From the Archives of the Supreme Council, 33°