Kerosene Chandelier, 1876-1885

Summary

Stores, depots, theaters, churches, libraries and other public buildings in the late 19th century required areas of concentrated light. Large overhead chandeliers with multiple burners and mirrored reflectors illuminated a building's dark spaces. This chandelier's large ring of mirrors on the underside of the lower canopy reflected light from ten kerosene burners down onto the public space below.

Stores, depots, theaters, churches, libraries and other public buildings in the late 19th century required areas of concentrated light. Large overhead chandeliers with multiple burners and mirrored reflectors illuminated a building's dark spaces. This chandelier's large ring of mirrors on the underside of the lower canopy reflected light from ten kerosene burners down onto the public space below.

Artifact

Chandelier (Hanging light)

Date Made

1876-1885

Creators

Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Kerosene burners made by the Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company. Chandelier made by an unidentified maker, possibly in New York City.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Chandeliers

Object ID

63.164.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Tin (Metal)

Dimensions

Height: 66 in

Diameter: 48 in

Inscriptions

Stencilled under canopy: PAT. AUG. 24 / 1876

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