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oil lamp

Object Number: 
1937.410
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 6 1/8 in. ( 38.1 x 15.6 cm )
Marks: 
printed: ona strip on the side of a glass reservoir: "VI VII VIII IX X XI XII I II III IV", in relief
Description: 
Whale oil lamp with flange base; narrow cylindrical shaft topped with a small betty lamp with flip cover and a glass reservoir with a pewter handle.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group