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Lighthouse wick canister, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1890

Contributed by Museum at Portland Head

Wick storage containers came in several variations and sizes depending on the purpose. These canisters were designed to keep the wicks used at the Portland Head Light in a clean dry place and ready to use.

They were made out of galvanized metal and had the lighthouse plates soldered onto them to indicate they were for lighthouse use.

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  • Title: Lighthouse wick canister, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1890
  • Creator: U.S. Lighthouse Establishment
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Local Name: Portland Head
  • Town: Cape Elizabeth
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Brass
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Museum at Portland Head
1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
(207) 799-2661
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Lighthouses--Equipment and supplies

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brass
lamps
lanterns
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