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Owned by:
William Sugg, American, 1828 - 1889  Search this
Mary Elizabeth Sugg, American, 1839 - 1915  Search this
Vernon Sugg McDonald, American, 1906 - 1982  Search this
cast iron and glass
H x W x D (x Diameter): 10 5/8 × 5 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (27 × 13.3 × 13.3 cm)
Diameter (Around Glas Globe): 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
kerosene lamps
Cultural Place:
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
19th century
A glass and cast iron kerosene lamp. The base and connector are cast iron, designed with egg and dart ovals. The base and connector taper towards a glass font. The font is a round, squat clear glass, with repeating vertical lines around its bottom half. The font is the oil reservoir burner for a flat wick, however, the wick is now gone. At the top of the glass font is the cast iron collar and burner, with four prongs sticking up in the cardinal directions. A knob is on one of the sides. The lamp is missing a lamp chimney and shade. These would have connected to the iron collar and burner at the top. There is an engraving of letters underneath the base that is difficult to read.
African American  Search this
Black interiors  Search this
Domestic life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bob and Sherri Brennan in memory of Vernon Sugg McDonald
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Restrictions & Rights:
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture