On View
Making a Way Gallery
Making a Way Out of No Way
Created by
R. E. Deitz Company, American, founded 1840
Owned by
Wright, Ira Samuel, American, 1902 - 1981
ca. 1957
metal and glass
13 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (33 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm)
This oil lantern has a gray metal top, sides and circular base. A glass shade is contained within a metal frame. The glass inscribed with text near top at the front that reads "H/ LOC-NOB/ REC'D IN U.S.A." On the reverse of glass, also inscribed near the top is the company and lantern style "DIETZ/ D-LITE/ N.Y. U.S.A." Base used for holding oil and stopped with a rubber stopper at front. A thin wire handle attached at metal sides. Small wires crisscross the glass. The company name "DIETZ" is inscribed on the lantern along the top of the base to the left of the stopper, although barely legible. To the right of the stopper, on the top of the base is inscribed the place of manufacture "NY USA", again barely legible. Also inscribed at the top of the base is the lantern type "No. 2 D-LITE." Also included at the very top, curving around the edge is the manufacturer information and lantern style. "DIETZ/ NO. 2/ D-LITE/ N.Y.U.S.A." On either side of the top ring is the manufacturer's logo featuring the name enclosed in an oval "DIETZ". There is a small wick included inside the lamp.
Place used
Wetipquin, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Tools and Equipment-Occupational
lanterns (lighting devices)
Black Enterprise
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Franklin I. Wright
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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