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Oil lamp

Description:

Oil lamps have existed for thousands of years, but in the 1700s the central burner was invented. The fuel was enclosed in a metal container, and an adjustable tube was used to control the intensity of the light.

 

Part of a brass oil lamp, comprising a hollow base with a chamber for the oil, and the burner section. This particular base has decorative openwork detail.

Materials/Media:
copper alloy; cotton (wick)
Dimensions:
height 153mm, diameter (base) 130mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1962.109.2
Digital Number:
DMDM058n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council