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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


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
Probably made in South Boston, Massachusetts
19th century
Lighting Devices

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


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.

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