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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/A.1-A.3.
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Date

1790-1810


Geography


Material/Technique

Brass, tin, copper, iron, glass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 10 in. x 3 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (25.4 cm x 9.84 cm x 9.84 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1956


Object Number

W-2138/B


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