I've had the occasion to examine lots of German lanterns over the last year and this strikes me as a stand-out. I love the sheen, the fact that it has its original insert and that the oft-missing ears are present and firmly attached. The fact that the bottom has been replaced is a non-issue. It'll be fun to see what this great item brings in a true auction format!
Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.