Pair of Camphene Lamps

Collection Type

  • Lighting

Date

1848-1854

GUSN

GUSN-2710

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

Descriptive Terms

camphene lamps
brass (alloy)
casting (process)
pewter (tin alloy)
tin alloy
Victorian
Pewter
Brass
Cast
Lamp, Camphene

Inscription

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.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1991.935.1,2

Maker

Capen & Molineaux (Maker)

Location of Origin

New York City, NY, USA

Dimensions

9 1/4 x 5 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.935.1-2

Places

New York state (United States)