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Lamp

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Pewter, copper (?)
DATES 1848-1854
DIMENSIONS 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (9.8 x 8.9 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on underside, from top to bottom: (1) "CAPEN &" within upward curving rectangle (2) "N.Y" within rectangle (3) "MOLINEUX" within downward curving rectangle [the ends of (1) almost touch the ends of (3), thereby framing (2)] (4) "4"
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 27.575
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Capen and Molineux. Lamp, 1848-1854. Pewter, copper (?), 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (9.8 x 8.9 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty, 27.575. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.575_bw.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Nursing or "sparking" lamp; cylindrical oil reservoir set on wider, hollow disk base; top of cylinder forms ridge then tapers up to round threaded mouth; round, flat cap screws into mouth and has narrow copper (?) feed tube projecting upward from center. Handle in shape of a truncated "S" with rounded ends (bottom half truncated) soldered to side of cylinder. CONDITION: Good; base slightly bent and misshapen; few large pit marks on base and cap; scratches overall and a few small dings; corrosion visible inside feed tube.
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