Gas light and gas cylinder; Unknown maker; Prior to 1881; CR1977.724


Gas light and gas cylinder

About 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.


Unknown maker

Date Made

Prior to 1881

Place Made


Medium and Materials

Iron and brass

Inscription 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

Subject and Association Keywords

Lighting equipment

Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

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