Gas light and gas cylinder; Unknown maker; Prior to 1881; CR1977.724
Gas light and gas cylinderAbout this object
The gas light and the cylinder had been repainted black just prior to the accession date in 1977. The lamp is stated to have been the first gas light in Cromwell in 1881. It would have been attached to a wall with screws (the attachment is broken). There is decorative wrought iron work on the fitting and a knob on a valve that would have turned the gas on/off. The lamp area is surrounded, and covered, by a fine metal mesh, hinged so it can be opened to light the lamp. Inside there are the fittings for the lamp but no mantle.
The cylinder is built to withstand pressure and has a pressure gauge, a filler plug, a wheel control inlet for air and a gas outlet with a brass pipe. This pipe has a locking nut that fits onto the inlet pipe on the light.
Prior to 1881Place Made
Iron and brassInscription and Marks
Numbers on gauge from 0 to 50 at intervals of 5.
A white paper label with " First gas light in Cromwell 1881". This was probably put on when the item was painted.
Cylinder: H 264mm x L 150mm x W 135mm
Light: H 380mm x L 220mm x W 185mm
From the Collection of the Cromwell MuseumObject Type