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Pair of Camphene Lamps

1991.935.1-2 (RS25766)

Description

Pair of Victorian pewter camphene lamps; cylindrical toward top; bulbous below; domed upper end with short neck where a threaded disk has two brass wick tubes, tapered and flaring, on short baluster shaft; dished, circular, stepped and molded base.

Details

Maker
Capen & Molineaux (Maker)
Date
1848-1854
Inscriptions
On a NFL jelly label on the underside of each is: ""Capen and/Molineaux/New York-/1848-1854"" There is a maker's mark also impressed on the bottom side of each.
Location of origin
New York City, NY, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
casting (process)
pewter (tin alloy)
tin alloy
Object type
Lighting Device
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Brass
brass (alloy)
camphene lamps
Cast
casting (process)
Lamp, Camphene
Pewter
pewter (tin alloy)
tin alloy
Victorian
Dimensions
9 1/4 x 5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.935.1-2
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2710

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