Little Beauty Night Lamp
Metal, paper, pigment
last quarter 19th century
5 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 6 in. (13 x 9.5 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Printed in black on paper label applied to back of sconce: "THE LITTLE BEAUTY/REGISTERED TRADE MARK/U.S. PAT. OFFICE/NIGHT LAMP,/WILL STAND OR HANG/The only Perfect Lamp for Halls, Bathrooms, Basements, Bedrooms &C/BURNS ORDINARY KEROSENE OIL WITHOUT ODOR OR SMOKE/To rewick the Lamp--Use only the specially prepared wicks that are/made for this lamp. They are sold only in sealed envelopes, on which/full instructions for re-wicking are printed. Price by mail 10 cents/each. To light the wick--Turn the globe-holder down on the tube,/then light and adjust the flame by raising or lowering the globe-holder./To extinguish--___the globe-holder up around the wick until lamp/is extinguished. Do not blow out. To raise the wick--After it has/burned to the edge of the inner tube take a pin and draw the wick/up about one eight [1/8] of an inch above the top of globe-holder/tube when said tube is turned down as far as it will go. One/[?] of oil will burn 40 hours or several nights. The/wick, if properly used, will last a year or more./[?] each by mail. Send stamps/MADE & GUARANTEED BY/SILVER & CO./SOLE MANUFACTURERS/304-314 HEWES ST. BROOKLYN N.Y.
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Gift of M. Christmann Zulli in honor of Donald Wisser
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Silver & Company (1885-1920). Little Beauty Night Lamp, last quarter 19th century. Metal, paper, pigment, 5 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 6 in. (13 x 9.5 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of M. Christmann Zulli in honor of Donald Wisser, 2007.42. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2007.42_view1.jpg)
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Oil lamp sconce with domed back plate and small loop hanger at top, with centrally attached thin curved arm terminated by spherical oil reserve, short vertical tube, and petal-shaped collar. Two small legs attached to bottom of back plate to adapt for standing. (Missing beehive-shaped glass shade).
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