OIL (LACEMAKERS') LAMPS

There was, of course, no electricity in the eighteenth century to light the way to bed or to assist nighttime working.  Oil, especially fish oil, was used to lighten the home, and many of the lamps used for this were made of glass.  The oil would be contained in a central reservoir and wicks extended down into the oil and out through some form of brass fitting.  Most of the brass fittings have been lost and it is rare to find an eighteenth century oil lamp with one.  They are often called lacemakers' lamps as this cottage industry must certainly have used them, but they were far more ubiquitous than that.  The lamp shown on the right is a particularly nice and rare three spouted lamp with a gadrooned base sitting on a plain stem and conical foot.



Diamond point-engraved storm lamp

Diamond point-engraved storm lamp

This is what we believe to be a stipple-engraved, Georgian glass, storm or hall candlestick dating from the turn of the 18th/19th centuries, c1800.  
 
The candlestick is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with some 200+ years of use. 
 
The candlestick is of true baluster form and measures 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter at the neck rim.  The flared neck then swells again towards the base and the body is decorated with a stipple-engraved fruiting vine.  The bowl sits on a trumpet folded foot which bears a rough pontil mark.  The candlestick is 20 cm (8...

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Price: £125.00

Plain stem oil lamp

Plain stem oil lamp

This is what we believe to be an English, Georgian, plain stem glass oil lamp dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1760.   An almost identical example can be seen on plate Q65 of Keith Kelsall's book "Glass in 18th Century England: The Open-Flame Lamp".
 
The lamp is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with over 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot.
 
The lamp has a bucket-shaped bowl with an inverted rim measuring 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter.  The bowl sits on a plain stem that leads to a conical, folded foot that measures 7.8 cm (3.1 inches) in...

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Price: £295.00

Plain stem oil lamp with cup bowl

Plain stem oil lamp with cup bowl

This is what we believe to be a Georgian oil lamp (sometimes called a lacemaker's lamp) dating from the middle to late 18th century.  Similar examples can be seen in Keith Kelsall's book, "Glass in 18th century England; The Open-Flame Lamp."
 
The lamp is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot commensurate with some 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl.
 
The lamp has a cup shaped reservoir, narrowing again to the rim, and measuring 11 cm (4.4 inches) in diameter at its fullest and measuring 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in depth.  The reservoir...

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Price: £395.00

Plain stem oil lamp with double ogee bowl and drip tray

Plain stem oil lamp with double ogee bowl and drip tray

This is what we believe to be a Georgian oil lamp (often called a lacemaker's lamp) dating from the middle to late 18th century.  Similar examples can be seen in Keith Kelsall's book, "Glass in 18th century England; The Open-Flame Lamp."
 
The lamp is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to the rim of the foot commensurate with some 200 years of use. It has a rough pontil mark on the foot which is nicely striated as is the bowl.
 
The lamp has a double ogee shaped reservoir, narrowing again to the rim, and measuring 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter at its fullest and measuring 7.2 cm (2.9 inches) in depth.  The...

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Price: £245.00


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