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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES ca. 1840
    DIMENSIONS 8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (21.3 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Marked on underside of pedestal: (1) Painted around outer edge in dark color "62" (2) Painted in black on stepped dome "16101-77" [old accession #]
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pewter oil lamp with swinging reservoir, can be hung or set upon table. Pedestal consists of round base that rises in steps to narrow, flat-topped dome; upright ring handle (finger hold) attached to top of base on one side and a small hinged ring (for hanging) attached to edge of base opposite side. Two-pronged bracket rises from top of pedestal; cylindrical reservoir suspended between these brackets with pins that extend from banded "shoulder" of reservoir; reservoir pivots on these pins. Reservoir has domed top and raised neck with round, threaded opening. Flat round metal stopper screws into neck; two narrow tubes (feeds to oil) project from stopper at angle; feeds taper upward to small opening. Suspended by metal chain from stopper are two cone-shaped caps with flared opening; caps fit over feeds to snuff out flame. On 12/3/03, two lengths of wick (of thick, multi-stranded string) found inside reservoir, appear unused. CONDITION: Fair; all-over tarnish, light scratches, and dings; dark spots of discoloration, especially around base of pedestal; top of one of the feed tube caps is corroded away (there is a hole).
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION American. Lamp, ca. 1840. Pewter, 8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (21.3 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty, 27.521. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.27.521_view1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.27.521_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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