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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Pewter, copper (?)
DIMENSIONS Overall (with cap on): 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (8.3 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm) Height without cap: 2 3/4 in. (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 (4) "33"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Nursing or "sparking" lamp; narrow cylindrical oil reservoir set on wider, round base; top of base around reservoir dips down. Upright ring (finger hold / handle) soldered on to base next to reservoir. Reservoir rises to narrow neck and round mouth, neck threaded on inside. Flat round top screws into neck, has upright copper (?) feed tube extending through center; cone-shaped cap with flared opening fits over feed tube (to extinguish flame); attached to top with chain. CONDITION: Fair; overall tarnish, scratches, and pitting. On 12/4/03, handle ring found broken off (leaving hole in base), but preserved; base bent near damaged handle join.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Capen and Molineux. Lamp. Pewter, copper (?), Overall (with cap on): 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (8.3 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty, 27.579. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.579_bw.jpg)
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