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Colorless pressed lead glass oil lamp; ovoid font with six oval panels in relief on hexagonal incurving stem on hexagonal pedestal base; entire lamp pressed in one multi-part mold; pewter and tin collar and double wick holder for whale oil.
The domed top of this lamp's font was formed by using the Magoun Patent method. This method, invented by Joseph Magoun of the New England Glass Company in 1847, eliminated moldmarks by using a hinged, three-part mold to form the sides of the font and a one-piece cylindrical mold to form a cylinder that was then tooled to form the dome.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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