Brass Figural Solar Lamp
Cornelius & Co. (1839-1851)
Labeled: Cornelius & Co./ Philad/ Patent/ April 16th 1843
The etched glass tulip-shaped shade and glass chimney above a spun brass oil font raised on a maiden-form figural standard on a cylindrical pedestal on a square brass plinth.
Condition: Shade and chimney of later date, burner converted to kerosene, lacquer surface degraded and brass tarnished.
A lamp with an apparently identical maiden-form standard is illustrated in the 1860 Dietz & Company catalog in plate 32, item No. 149. This is not entirely surprising because by 1849, Cornelius had formed a partnership with Dietz & Company of New York and shades and lamp bases from the two firms were often intermixed in the succeeding years.
A very closely related brass figural Solar lamp base was also produced by Henry N. Hooper & Co. of Boston and it appears in their 1850 catalog as No. 505.
Two solar lamps by Cornelius with virtually identical fonts retaining original burners can be seen on this website.