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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (24.1 x 13.3 x 11.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pewter oil lamp. Round disk base with stepped edge is sunken on top; tall narrow cylindrical shaft rises from center of base, decorated with incised lines; bracket-shaped handle soldered to shaft above midpoint. Shaft supports small bowl-like oil well with sides that flare slightly toward shoulder, then taper in around collar and rise to round mouth; hinge on side of mouth for now-lost lid. On side of well opposite hinge (and handle of shaft), a large feed tube projects from bottom edge of well then curves upward as it tapers; saucer-shaped collar around opening (for flame). CONDITION: Fair; badly tarnished and dirty; base is bent and misshapen, causing shaft to lean to one side; crack in top of handle; underside of base shows whitish corrosion; join of shaft and well shows modern soldering; dents and scratches in reservoir; collar around feed tube bent; lid missing.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION American. Lamp, 19th century. Pewter, 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (24.1 x 13.3 x 11.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty , 27.526. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.462.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 27.462.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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