Musical table lighter

Object Number: 
2011.15.2
Date: 
1940s
Medium: 
Brass and other mixed metals, plastic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 3 in. (17.8 x 7.6 cm)
Description: 
Brass lighter with flint wheel mechanism mounted within octagonal base supported by tripod of three classical-style nymphs atop a circular hollow base that contains music box mechanism. Underside of base has plastic cover with protruding metal winder, which activated music box (now unmovable). Unmarked.
Gallery Label: 

This object was owned by (Tillie) Marion Metz Greene (1908-1985), acquired during the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Manhattan, Greene was a New York City housewife who raised her family in Queens during the 1930s through the 1950s. Greene was born in New York, the child of Russian immigrant parents. Prior to her marriage, she attended classes at City College of New York and worked as a dental assistant until she married Leo A. Greene (1908-1954) in 1930. The couple settled in Flushing, New York, and were active in the Jewish community there.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Lois Greene Stone
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group