The Manhattan Optical Company began operations in 1892, engaged in the manufacture of cameras, lenses, and optical equipment. A factory was built in 1894 in Cresskill, New Jersey. The firm was sold in 1897 and incorporated in New York City. In 1902, it was sold again, this time to Gunlach Optical Company, Rochester, New York, which changed the name of the company.
Brass door incised: MANHATTAN/ LAMP/ MANF’D BY/ MANHATTAN OPTICAL CO./ BAILEY
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall wear, minor indentations and abrasions, handling. Incised lettering on door a bit worn from polishing. Lamp overall a bit tarnished could be polished bright. Kerosene font complete with wick adjustable by thumbscrew, not tested with kerosene for use or for leaks. Sold as a decorative collectible, not for use with kerosene.