Lamp base from Mae's Millinery Shop

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Manufactured by
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
metal, porcelain, china paint, electric conductor, and plastic
H x W x D: 11 x 5 1/8 x 3 11/16 in. (27.9 x 13 x 9.4 cm)
H x W x D (Cord - bundled): 2 x 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (5.1 x 19.1 x 8.9 cm)
lamps (lighting devices)
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
A metal lamp base with a painted porcelain decoration of an English maiden. The lamp base is oval in shape with a brass finish and a tiered decorative design. The base stands on four trifid feet. A metal stem protudes upward from the back of the base and bends slightly at the top so that the bulb mechanism is above the head of the porcelain figure. The figure depicts the bust of a brunette woman wearing a blue gown, a pink flower at her neck, and a black hat with an orange flower. She is looking slightly downward to the proper left. A brown electric cord with a two-pronged plug runs out from the center back of the base. The underside of the base has the text "4 F" engraved into it.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey, Jr.
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Furnishings, Housewares, and Décor
Power of Place
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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