A Two-Light Gas Pillar Lamp

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Circa 1850
Attributed to Cornelius & Company

This rare pillar or counter lamp is an unique form. With two adjustable arms, these were made to be used on counters to illuminate shops. Each space would have been lined with multiple fixtures making quite a stunning display. In a patinated and gilt-lacquered finish, the design is comprised of rococo, gothic, and classical motifs.

Reference: Myers, Denys Peter., Gaslighting in America/A Guide for Historic Preservation. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1978. Pages 68-69, Plate 30. Pages 108-109, Plate 50.

Bronze, brass, and glass
Height: 59 ½”

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