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Oil lamp

Object Number: 
1953.563a
Date: 
1847-1860
Medium: 
Glass, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/4 x 4 in. ( 24.8 x 10.2 cm )
Description: 
Colorless pressed lead glass oil lamp;domed tapering hexagonal font with panels with alternating pattern of circle above a star inside a circle or oval cartouche around five-pointed star; font attached with wafer to hexagonal baluster standard mounted on hexagonal base; brass 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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Clarence G. Michalis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group