Sinumbra Lamp

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Neoclassical style; 1830-1850
United States

Usually found on the center table in a room, sinumbra lamps were an advancement on the Argand oil lamp first developed in the 1820s. The name means “without shadow,” a reference to the improved quality of lighting the design offered.

Brass, glass. H 65.6, W 28.6 cm
Hampton National Historic Site, HAMP 5759