An uncommon object. What is it?

Challenge #14 in the Voter awareness.... series. Hosted by barb_s.
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Have you ever been invited to a party where you brought something uncommon that guests examine and guess what it is? Show that kind of object, the whole object, not a closeup macro. Plan your photo as if you were creating a still life. Lighting and composition are important. This challenge is not a snapshot guessing game. It's about a well executed photograph.
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lamps glowing in lighthouse lantern
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Submitted: Saturday, 4th February, 2012 16:25 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 12th September, 2006
Focal length: 24 mm
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
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