C. F. Spencer Kerosene Lamp Patent Model

C. F. Spencer Kerosene Lamp Patent Model

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Description
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
lamp
Object Type
Lighting Devices
Patent Model
Lighting Devices
Other Terms
lamp; Lighting Devices; Kerosene
patent date
1878-08-20
inventor
Spencer, Charles F.
associated place
United States: New York, Rochester
Physical Description
metal, white (base material)
metal, white (burner material)
metal, white (thumb wheel material)
ID Number
DL.331372
catalog number
331372
patent number
207,314
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Cultures & Communities
American Enterprise
Domestic Furnishings
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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