—The only known extant EVEREADY Lady Liberty, or Statue of Liberty Novelty Light ever to be found!Unbelievable find! Most collectors do know about this novelty light as catalogs have been found, proving that this light was actually offered back in the 1890´s. However, none have been found to this day other then the one offered here.
Bill Utley wrote in his book, considered by many collectors the “bible” for flashlight and novelty light collectors:
“The Birdsall 1896 catalog offered a Statue of Liberty Electric Novelty with the torch illuminated with a bulb powered by a dry cell battery. It was offered with, or without a music box. Conrad Hubert offered a similar novelty in his 1898 Ever Ready catalog. The Statue was continued in Ever Ready catalogs until 1904. Neither Birdsall nor Ever Ready Statues of Liberty have been located to date.” I contacted Bill Utley after finding this Statue of Liberty Novelty Light and asked him if in the 15 years after publishing his book, one would have been found. His answer was, “I´ve never seen one Peter, so you have the only one that I know of. Congratulations!”
The Statue of Liberty (or Liberty Enlightening the World) was the brainchild of sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who at first designed the giant statue as a depiction of a Muslim peasant woman standing guard and greeting ships into Suez harbor. Plans fell through, so Bartholdi amended his design for a new recipient.
The statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the United States and was gifted as a gesture of friendship from France to the United States. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. read more>>
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