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American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Cains’ Glass House, American, 1822–1852
Proprietor: Thomas H. Cains, American, born England, 1779–1865

Pair of Whale Oil Lamps

1822–30

Blown and pressed lead glass with a metal and cork burner

a: 11 1/4 × 3 3/8 × 3 3/8 in. (28.6 × 8.57 × 8.57 cm) b: 11 × 3 3/8 × 3 3/8 in. (27.94 × 8.57 × 8.57 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1602a-b
Geography: 
Probably made in South Boston, Massachusetts
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Lighting Devices
Provenance: 

Henry Hammond Taylor, Bridgeport, Conn., by 1929; Francis P. Garvan, New York, 1929–30; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930

Bibliography: 

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 121, ill.

John Stuart Gordon, American Glass: The Collections at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 112–13, no. 58, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.