lamps (limelight)

lamps (limelight)

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The development of the oxyhydrogen blowpipe in the 1820s led to experiments with oxyhydrogen flames. Goldsworth Gurney, an English surgeon and chemist, observed the effect of the flame directed at quicklime (calcium oxide), and termed it limelight. Thomas Drummond, of the Royal Engineers, built a working lamp in 1826. This box of eight limelight lamps came from Princeton University.
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Object Name
lamps (limelight)
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall in case: 5 1/16 in x 20 7/8 in x 12 7/8 in; 12.85875 cm x 53.0225 cm x 32.7025 cm
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National Museum of American History
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