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This classically inspired lamp represents state-of-the-art lighting technology in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century America. The urn-shaped body serves as the oil reservoir that feeds a tubular wick held between two concentric metal tubes. The patented design by inventor François-Pierre Aimé Argand dramatically improved airflow and produced a bright flame equal to ten candles. Impressed with their performance, George Washington purchased well over a dozen Argand-type lamps for the presidential mansion.

See also Argand lamp, W-2138/B.1-B.3.





Brass, tin, copper, iron, glass


Other (Lamp H x W x D): 4 7/8 in. x 3 11/16 in. x 3 11/16 in. (12.38 cm x 9.37 cm x 9.37 cm)
Other (Chimney and collar, H x W x D): 5 1/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. (12.86 cm x 7.46 cm x 7.46 cm)


Purchase, 1956

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