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Maker: Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company (active Meriden, Connecticut, 1875 - 1940)

Date: 1885
Medium: Copper, brass, silver plate, glass
Overall: 18 3/4 x 11in. (47.6 x 27.9cm)
Markings: On burner knobs: "B / DUPLEX / H" Paper label on bottom of oil resevoir: "Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co./ REAL BRONZE LAMP./ No. [5/23]" (scrafito.)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, by Exchange in Part with Funds from Mrs. Morgan Fisher and Mrs. George Harder
Object number: 2002.22
Label Text
With the emerging importance of kerosene lighting in the 1860s, Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing emphasized oil-lamp production, as is evident in the firm's numerous patents, advertisements, and catalogues. An 1885 catalogue illustrates the variety of forms available to consumers, ranging from cylindrical lamps with Japanese-inspired pierced ornamentation to lamps with ceramic bodies to ones with metal bodies, hammered surfaces, and applied three-dimensional twigs.

This lamp, model number 5723 in an 1885 Bradley & Hubbard catalogue, sold for thirty dollars and was listed as "hammered," although its surface pattern was machine-generated. It was offered in several finishes including "old silver" and "XX gold." The lamp appears to have retained its original finish.

For the Bradley & Hubbard essay, please see table 96.6