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Created by:
R. E. Deitz Company, American, founded 1840  Search this
Owned by:
Ira Samuel Wright, American, 1902 - 1981  Search this
metal and glass
13 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (33 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm)
lanterns (lighting devices)
Place used:
Wetipquin, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1957
This oil lantern has a gray metal top, sides and circular base. A glass shade is contained within a metal frame. The glass inscribed with text near top at the front that reads "H/ LOC-NOB/ REC'D IN U.S.A." On the reverse of glass, also inscribed near the top is the company and lantern style "DIETZ/ D-LITE/ N.Y. U.S.A." Base used for holding oil and stopped with a rubber stopper at front. A thin wire handle attached at metal sides. Small wires crisscross the glass. The company name "DIETZ" is inscribed on the lantern along the top of the base to the left of the stopper, although barely legible. To the right of the stopper, on the top of the base is inscribed the place of manufacture "NY USA", again barely legible. Also inscribed at the top of the base is the lantern type "No. 2 D-LITE." Also included at the very top, curving around the edge is the manufacturer information and lantern style. "DIETZ/ NO. 2/ D-LITE/ N.Y.U.S.A." On either side of the top ring is the manufacturer's logo featuring the name enclosed in an oval "DIETZ". There is a small wick included inside the lamp.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Franklin I. Wright
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture