Oil lamp

Object Number: 
1935.79
Date: 
1850-1860
Medium: 
Glass, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 14.6 x 8.3 cm )
Description: 
Colorless lead glass pressed oil lamp; bell-shaped font with pressed pattern of vertical lozenges with foliate motifs; applied loop handle with crimped end; threaded brass collar and flared double wick holder with covers on chain.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this lamp was bought by Rocellus S. Guernsey on September 1, 1853, for use during his student days. These lamps are known as hand lamps or night lights. The accession records indicate that this is a camphene lamp that burned a fluid made from a distillate of camphor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Rocellus S. Guernsey and her daughter, Eva Guernsey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group