Oil lantern used by oysterman Ira Wright

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Created by
R. E. Deitz Company, American, founded 1840
Owned by
Wright, Ira Samuel, American, 1902 - 1981
Medium
metal and glass
Dimensions
13 x 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (33 x 19.7 x 19.7 cm)
Type
lanterns (lighting devices)
Place used
Wetipquin, Wicomico County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1957
Description
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.
Topic
African American
Business
Foodways
Labor
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Franklin I. Wright
Object number
2013.61.3
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Tools and Equipment-Occupational
Exhibition
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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