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Decorative Arts

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)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 27.462.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    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.
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