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Harbour Lights Collectors’ Corner

Left in the Dark? Guardian of the Night will give you light!

By Sharon Coartney


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The popularity of lighthouse collectibles has really blossomed since 1991! From the beginning, Harbour Lights led the pack with their innovative sculptures and have always listened to their collectors! Requests for new lighthouses and new product ideas have poured in over the years, with each “vote” carefully recorded. Recent requests for illuminated, ceramic lighthouses took the lead, prompting the artists at Harbour Lights to create a versatile new line, Guardian of the Night!

These nostalgic, decorative lighthouses radiate from within, casting a warm glow from a low-wattage bulb. Our first introductions depict twelve of our nation’s most popular sentinels, sculpted in realistic detail. Unique and elegant, lighthouse collectors will appreciate these supremely crafted ceramics that feature intricate ironwork and clear resin windows. This is a great new addition for every lighthouse lover!

Guardian of the Night lighthouses vary between 9 and 12 inches tall, have a Suggested Retail Price of $48 and are scheduled for arrival in November. The first twelve Guardian of the Night sculptures include Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Alcatraz, California, Cape Neddick, Maine and St. Augustine, Florida (just to name a few). Pictured is Currituck, North Carolina. With the low-wattage bulb glowing from the lantern room and resin windows, the beacon and Keeper’s Quarters bring forth romantic visions of a warm hearth on a cold stormy night.

When you bring Guardians of the Night home, a door is opened to a new realm of décor. Should you display the lighted sentinels with your Limited Edition collection? How will the Little Lights look next to the Guardians? Can my curio cabinet accommodate the electrical wire? This is a GREAT “problem” to solve, and hours of enjoyment can ensue solving it!

Harbour Lights collectors are some of the most original designers out there. If you look at the photos and scrapbooks sent to Harbour Lights over the years, you’d see an amazing array of inspirational décor. Some of the neatest displays have featured a mixture of Harbour Lights lines, all the way from Spyglass Miniatures to the majestic Navesink sculpture!

So, to borrow from some of the collector’s charming displays over the years, here are a few neat ideas to create your own Lighthouse Lover’s Paradise:

1) Create little centers of interest throughout your home. Feature regional groupings of lighthouses or use your favorite combination to make “stations”. For example, place all your New Jersey lighthouses together and add accessories to enhance the theme.

2) Commemorate your lighthouse adventures! When you get those photos back, enlarge your favorites and place the sculptures nearby. Better yet, frame a summary of your travels so that guests in your home can re-live your journey. Over the years, you may forget those little details that made your vacation so special!

3) Use Guardian of the Night sculptures in place of candles. Add warmth to your home for your holiday gatherings, using the low light from the lantern rooms to give a little sparkle to cozy spots. We could all use a little guiding light at night!

4) Accentuate the scale of your rooms with the right-sized pieces. Do you have a little nook that could use a Little Light? Does your curio cry out for Limited Editions, while your office GLOWS? Do you need Guardians in your Great Room? Sizing your collection with its surroundings is a simple way to draw attention.

5) Have fun. There is simply no wrong way to show off your Harbour Lights collection!

This story appeared in the November 2002 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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