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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"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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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