Argand Lamp, 1790-1850

Summary

In the early 18th century, glassmakers in England and Ireland created exquisite translucent cut glassware known as Anglo-Irish glass. Beginning in the 1780s, Anglo-Irish glassmakers found a ready market in America -- now independent from Britain. Americans loved the dazzling interplay of candlelight and glass in their homes, which showed that Americans could attain interiors as fashionable as those in London.

In the early 18th century, glassmakers in England and Ireland created exquisite translucent cut glassware known as Anglo-Irish glass. Beginning in the 1780s, Anglo-Irish glassmakers found a ready market in America -- now independent from Britain. Americans loved the dazzling interplay of candlelight and glass in their homes, which showed that Americans could attain interiors as fashionable as those in London.

Artifact

Argand lamp

Date Made

1790-1850

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United Kingdom, England 

Ireland 

Creator Notes

Probably made in England or Ireland

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.837.6

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cut glass
Glass (Material)
Brass (Alloy)
Tin (Metal)

Color

Colorless

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Diameter: 4.5 in

Inscriptions

Painted on bottom of font in red: NO. 672

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