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Oil Lamp

1977.696 (RS117014)


Circular mold-blown central oil chamber of transparent vaseline glass with opaque white swirls; on colorless bulbous base with molded leaf and fan lacy-type pattern; surmounted by shaped colorless glass shade with beaded top edge; stamped gilt brass burner.


Eldorado, W.B.G. Corp. (Maker)
ca. 1870
Wick knob stamped: ""ELDORADO, W.G.B. CORP""
Associated Building
Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.).
brass (alloy)
glass (material)
Object type
Lighting Equipment; Lighting Devices
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
glass (material)
Lamp, Oil
oil lamps
11 x 5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler


Lamp #

AvatarPosted by Jim McBride on March 3, 2015
The burner on a lamp can be changed easily. The burner has nothing to do with who made the lamp. If an E. M. Miller, Plume and Atwood (P&A), or Holmes Booth and Haydens (HB &H) burner were screwed into the colllar, it would not change the maker of the lamp. One might suggest further research on the lamp maker. Or one might seek a picture of a Sheldon Swirl pattern lamp.

Lamp Maker #

AvatarPosted by Nicole Chalfant - Collection Manager on March 4, 2015
Thank you for your comment, Mr. McBride.
Our collections management database does not allow us to add a qualifier as to which part of an object was made by a specific maker, but we feel that it is important to note that the brass burner portion of the lamp was made by the Eldorado, W.B.G Corp even if they are not the makers of the glass portion of the lamp. We will continue to research this lamp and all parts of our collection with the intention of providing the most accurate information possible for the objects in our collection. The assistance of knowledgeable people such as yourself is much appreciated.
Nicole Chalfant
Collection Manager