Platt's Oil Hanging Lamp Patent Model

Description
Alonzo Platt received patent number 42 on October 8, 1836, for his design for a chandelier that he called a Union Lamp. The goal of the invention was to provide direct light without the obstruction from a surrounding shell or body, casting perfect light in all directions with no circle, shadow, or shade. Platt sought these direct rays of light from the union of three or more distinct lamps with their own reservoirs. Platt also suggested the form of the fish for the lamp that would serve as oil reservoirs. The wick tubes protruding from the mouth of the fish was the novel invention of the patent, made to open and close with a hinge mechanism to replace the wicks with ease.
Object Name
lamp
Object Type
Lighting Devices
Lighting Devices
patent date
1836-10-08
inventor
Platt, Alonzo
Physical Description
joined at (chairs (3) connector/connecting technique)
joined at (reservoir (3) connector/connecting technique)
joined at (ring connector/connecting technique)
tin (burners (3) material)
tin (chairs (3) material)
tin (hanger material)
tin (reservoir (3) material)
associated place
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
DL*332316
catalog number
332316
patent number
42
accession number
94380
subject
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
depicted
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
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