Overall: 26 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (67.3 x 36.2 x 16.5 cm) Each (shade): 6 x 8 1/2 in. (15.2 x 21.6 cm)
Cast Sheffield plate Argand lamp; hour-glass shaped pedestal with molded midband ring and cast foliate scrolls applied around the center, a lobed circular foot and a spiral gadrooned rim; seated on a square platform with an applied gadrooned edge and four cast hairy paw feet with foliate scroll knees; pedestal supports a second smaller baluster pedestal with fluting around the lower half and a gadrooned rim; second pedestal supports a cylindrical shaft with molded ring; two cast arms with acanthus decoration applied to the sides of the shaft; two cylindrical tubes applied to the tops of the arms at the lamp ends; cylindrical lamp shafts applied to the arms vertically; globular reservoirs with ball drops, concave shoulders, applied gadrooned rims and circular perforations in the tops, applied to the bases of the lamp shafts; gadrooned rings around the centers of the shafts hung from circular supports at the tops; circular pedestal applied to the top of each shaft which support the burners; baluster pedestal with a cast foliate scroll base applied to the top of the central shaft; large globular body with fluting around the lower half applied to the top; body with concave shoulder, gadrooned rim and applied fluted dome surmounted by a pineapple finial; piped for gas; no maker's marks; two Baluster-shaped cut and frosted glass shades with outward turned rims, narrow necks, and spherical bodies; necks and bodies with cut flowers and vines.
Gift of Effie Beekman Borrowe
This Argand lamp belonged to the Beekman family. Originally intended to burn whale oil, this lamp was refitted for gas after 1868.
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