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Oil lamp from the Jones-Hall-Sims House

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glass, metal and cloth wick
H x W: 11 1/2 × 6 × 6 in. (29.2 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm)
oil lamps
Place used:
Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
A clear glass oil lamp base from the Jones-Hall-Sims House. The body, or font, of the lamp is a lozenge shape, smooth with one (1) horizontal ridge line around the top. The font connects to a thick lamp stem with a vertical rib pattern that widens into a pedestal base. The wick runs up through a metal oil lamp burner that is attached to the lamp at an opening at the top of the font. The Queen Anne style metal oil lamp burner has a wick raiser, a small peg on one side to turn to raise the wick as it is burned, and three (3) remaining feet out of the original four (4) feet that could be used to hold a lamp chimney in place. The remaining length of the wick descends into the lamp font.
African American
Domestic life
Reconstruction (United States History, 1865-1877)
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Donated by Bradley and Shannon Rhoderick
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No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture