Patina Gas Copper Lantern

Copper gas lanterns have been a beloved choice for outdoor lighting enthusiasts for centuries. Not only do they provide a warm, inviting glow to any exterior space, but they also possess a unique characteristic that sets them apart from other lighting options: the ability to develop a stunning patina over time.

French Market offers copper gas lanterns with an antique copper finish. This "living finish" is designed to age gracefully, transforming your lantern into a one-of-a-kind piece that tells a story of time and the elements.

When you first install your copper lantern, it will showcase a brilliant, eye-catching reddish-brown hue. As the years pass, this color will gradually shift, taking on a deeper brown tone before eventually darkening to an almost black shade. This process typically takes between two to three years, depending on the environment in which your lantern resides.

Interestingly, the speed at which your copper lantern develops its patina is influenced by the surrounding conditions. In dry, cool areas, the aging process tends to be slower, while hot and humid regions can accelerate the patina development. This means that no two copper lanterns will age in exactly the same way, making each one a truly unique addition to your outdoor space.

For those who wish to slow down the patina process, a simple maintenance tip can help. By rubbing an oil-based product, such as WD-40, motor oil, or even cooking oil, onto the lantern's surface with a rag, you can decelerate the aging process and maintain the current stage of patina for a longer period.

It's worth noting that the patina development doesn't stop at the dark brown stage. Over the course of two decades or more, your copper lantern will continue to age, eventually developing a stunning green patina that is synonymous with timeless beauty and classic charm. 

The Different Stages of Patina

  1. Shiny copper: When a copper lantern is brand new, it will have a bright, shiny reddish-orange color.
  2. Reddish-brown: In the early stages of patina development, the lantern will take on a reddish-brown hue.
  3. Medium brown: As the patina continues to develop, the lantern will turn a medium brown color.
  4. Dark brown: Over time, the lantern will darken further, becoming a deep, rich brown.
  5. Near-black: In some cases, the patina may become so dark that the lantern appears almost black.
  6. Greenish-blue: After many years (often 20 or more), the copper lantern may develop a greenish-blue patina, which is the iconic look often associated with aged copper.

At French Market, we take pride in procuring copper gas lanterns that are built to last a lifetime. With proper maintenance and care, your lantern will not only provide you with years of warm, inviting light but also serve as a testament to the enduring beauty of copper and its ever-changing patina.

Embrace the natural aging process of your copper gas lantern, and enjoy watching as it transforms into a truly one-of-a-kind piece that will be admired for generations to come.