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An improvement over earlier lighting, this lamp form resembles a candlestick with the oil reservoir taking the place of the candle. The reservoir was filled with whale oil, an expensive fuel that gave a clean, bright light. The pair of lamps are unmarked by their maker. The single lamp on the right is stamped "I. Neal's Patent May 4, 1842."

 

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Oil lamps

creator   Graves Brothers [Henry and Joshua Graves] [Attributed to]
date   c. 1852
location   Connecticut
height   7.5"
diameter   4.87"
process/materials   pewter
item type   Household Goods/Lighting Device
accession #   #1901.11.055


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See Also...

Whale-oil Lamp

Camphene Lamp


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