Safe/Haven Update

Due to a private event, the exhibition Safe/Haven will be closed to visitors from 2–5 pm on Friday, May 14.


Object Number: 
ca. 1880
Copper, oak
Overall: 36 x 2 3/4 x 1 in. (91.4 x 7 x 2.5 cm)
Houghlin New York City oil lamp street lighter.
Gallery Label: 
This New York City cane was used both as a cane and as a device for New York City lamplighters to ignite the street lamps every evening at dusk. These hybrid canes were used throughout Manhattan in the 1880s before the widespread use of electric street lights.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group