The Whaleback Lighthouse Christmas Ornament Whaleback Lighthouse, a 70-foot granite tower on an offshore ledge, stands at the mouth of the Piscataqua River and is the southernmost of 66 lighthouses in Maine. The original 1830 lighthouse was replaced by the present tower in 1872. It is now cared for by the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. Click here for more information Handcast in lead-free pewter Detailed on both sides of the ornament Includes a romance card with above statement and ribbon to hang ornament. 2-5/8" high x 2-3/4" wide New England Lighthouse Collection The Whaleback Lighthouse is part of our special Christmas ornament collection. Each of the ornaments in our collection is finely detailed to capture what makes each lighthouse special. Some lighthouses are made of steel, similar to the Nubble Lighthouse, others are made out of hand cut granite block, similar to the Whaleback lighthouse captured in our Christmas ornament. The ornaments are handcast using our specialized centrifugal casting machine using vulcanized rubber molds. Our lead-free pewter is heated to a range of 500 - 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The pewter is then cast into the spinning mold carefully by hand. Once the pewter solidifies, the raw ornaments are taken out of the mold. The castings that are satisfactory to the watchful eye of the Pewtersmith are then deburred by hand. The ornaments are then put through our antiquing process. After drying completely, the Christmas ornaments are buffed by hand, removing just the right amount of the antiquing solution to create the beautifully detailed ornament. Finally, the ornaments are dusted, inspected, and packaged with our red elastic bow hangers.
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