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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Pewter, copper (?)
DATES 1848–1854
DIMENSIONS 7 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (18.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on underside of hollow base, in center, from top to bottom: (1) "CAPEN &" within upward arching banner or rectangle (2) "N.Y" in rectangle (3) partially struck stamp of "MOLINE[UX]" in downward arching banner or rectangle [the "UX" is illegible]
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pewter lamp; pedestal consists of stepped dome base rising to a narrow shaft that bulges in center and is decorated with bands. Shaft supports cylindrical oil reservoir with molded band around the bottom edge and around the shoulder; reservoir tapers above shoulder then rises to a short straight neck (threaded on inside) and round mouth. Flat round lid with single copper (?) feed tube sticking up through center screws into mouth. Removable copper (?) cone-shaped cap fits over feed tube; tiny holes in side of cap and top suggest that a now-lost chain once linked the cap to the lid. CONDITION: Fair; overall pitting, especially heavy around reservoir; a few small dents in base; cap for feed tube bend along edge and corroded.
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 (?), 7 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (18.4 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty, 27.586. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 27.586_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 27.586_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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