A Pewter Chanukah Lamp

A Pewter Chanukah Lamp

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Of typical form, featuring a blank backplate, a shelf at midpoint holding a removable row of oil containers, a deep base to catch any oil drippings, and sidepieces, one of which holds the removable servant light. Resting on four ball-and-claw feet. Germany, 18th century, fully marked. Although this lamp was meant to stand upright, there are two pierced holes in the backplate so if desired, the owner could suspend it near a door during the holiday. If you look closely, there is wriggle-work engraving featured on the outline of the entire front part of the lamp. For other examples of this type, see pages 244 - 250 of “Five Centuries of Hanukkah Lamps from The Jewish Museum: A Catalogue Raisonné”.

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