On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Pewter, copper (?)
7 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (18.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
Impressed on underside of hollow base, in center, from top to bottom:
(1) "CAPEN &" within upward arching banner or rectangle
(2) "N.Y" in rectangle
(3) partially struck stamp of "MOLINE[UX]" in downward arching banner or rectangle [the "UX" is illegible]
Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
Pewter lamp; pedestal consists of stepped dome base rising to a narrow shaft that bulges in center and is decorated with bands. Shaft supports cylindrical oil reservoir with molded band around the bottom edge and around the shoulder; reservoir tapers above shoulder then rises to a short straight neck (threaded on inside) and round mouth. Flat round lid with single copper (?) feed tube sticking up through center screws into mouth. Removable copper (?) cone-shaped cap fits over feed tube; tiny holes in side of cap and top suggest that a now-lost chain once linked the cap to the lid.
CONDITION: Fair; overall pitting, especially heavy around reservoir; a few small dents in base; cap for feed tube bend along edge and corroded.
Capen and Molineux. Lamp, 1848-1854. Pewter, copper (?), 7 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (18.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty, 27.586. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.586_bw.jpg)
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