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Gas light fitting

Description:

Towns began to use gas lights for streets and large buildings during the early 1800s, and by the 1860s they were becoming popular in homes. The light consisted of a tube with a tap for switching the gas on and off, and a burner shielded from direct view by a shade. Some burners also had a glass tube or chimney, around which a larger decorative shade of glass or silk could be placed. 

 

This gas light fitting features a screw mechanism on the end for securing a mantle and light shade. It has a turning key valve towards the end for regulating the gas flow.

Materials/Media:
metal, copper alloy
Dimensions:
length 274mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0207.121
Digital Number:
DMDM051a-c
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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