C. F. Spencer Kerosene Lamp Patent Model

Patented on August 20, 1878, this lamp is the invention of lamp maker Charles F. Spencer. Until 1880 the U.S. Patent Office required both documentation and a three-dimensional working model to demonstrate every invention submitted for a patent. Although it now shows signs of rust and wear, this lamp once served as Spencer’s patent model for an innovative approach to lighting.
Object Name
Object Type
Lighting Devices
Lighting Devices
patent date
Spencer, Charles F.
Physical Description
metal, white (base material)
metal, white (burner material)
metal, white (thumb wheel material)
associated place
United States: New York, Rochester
ID Number
catalog number
patent number
Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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