Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Oil Lamp

Oil Lamp

Usage conditions apply
This type of lighting device is called a spout lamp. Made from tin, the top portion is a cup-like receptacle with a spout for the wick. The stem has a handle which terminates at the round base. Various kinds of oil could be used to illuminate the wick.
Currently not on view
Object Name
oil lamp
Physical Description
pewter (overall material)
overall: 23.4 cm x 12.7 cm; 9 3/16 in x 5 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
European Apothecary
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.