Oil lamp

Object Number: 
INV.3991a
Date: 
1847-1860
Medium: 
Glass, pewter
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 5/8 x 4 in. ( 21.9 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Colorless pressed lead glass lamp; domed tapering cylinderical font decorated with alternating medallions of diamond mesh or inner circles, and stylized lotus leaf bottom; font joined by wafer to hexagonal baluster standard mounted on hexagonal base with incurving sides; pewter collar.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group