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Ladies With Lanterns

(dedicated to the women who braved the War of 1812)


What lights prelude the sleeping dawn?

That the heavens compare to flickering fire flies

‘Tis ladies with lanterns searching embattled ground

Where grows rows of soldier-dying cries


Each flame of hope, encased with doubt,

Is carried by a trembling heart

And leads her step, despite thought’s distress

That her beloved’s soul did yet depart


The rise of morning’s shroud unveils

Each lantern by a corpse now extinguished in glow,

And a wife, who was but a day before

Now dons the mantle of tears of a soldier’s widow



Silvia Pecota

June 6, 2013

"Ladies With Lanterns"

  • 1. Metal License Plate Artwork (6”x12”)

    (signed on the back by the artist Silvia Pecota)

    2. Watercolour print (6”x12”)

    3.  Black Metal Frame

    4.  Backer support + 4 black screws

    5. Clear protective shield

    6. Certificate of Authenticity

  • Also included is a print of the same dimensions as the license plate (6"x12"). It is printed on watercolour paper using archival inks. This can also be framed using a similar metal frame and it is for internal display only, as in a garage, rec room or "man cave". 

    The watercolour print can be an exact copy of the license plate ordered or an alternate selection can be made. Please specify which image you would prefer for the watercolour print.



    As the license plate may be exposed to the elements, the plastic shield (which is included in the set), should be used for extra protection.

    If using a license plate frame for the watercolour print: mark the 4 holes and use a hole puncher to make the holes for the screws.

    When assembling to hang the license plate on a wall, make sure the side that is marked “BACK” (on the black backer support) faces out. This offers support for hanging onto a screw or nail on a wall.

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