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.



Small plain stem double ogee bowl oil lamp

Small plain stem double ogee bowl oil lamp

This is what we believe to be a small English, Georgian, glass oil lamp dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1760.   An almost identical example 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.  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 double ogee-shaped bowl with an everted rim measuring 7.2 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter at its widest point.  The bowl sits on a short piece of plain stem that leads to a conical, folded foot that measures 6.2...

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Price: £155.00

Small plain stem double ogee bowl oil lamp, drip tray foot

Small plain stem double ogee bowl oil lamp, drip tray foot

This is what we believe to be a small English, Georgian, glass oil lamp dating from the middle of the 18th century, c1760.   A similar example can be seen in Keith Kelsall's book "Glass in 18th Century England: The Open-Flame Lamp" in plate Q60.
 
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 double ogee-shaped bowl with an everted rim measuring 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter at its widest point.  The bowl sits on a domed and folded foot, turned upwards to act as a drip tray, that measures...

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Price: £195.00

Tall baluster oil lamp with handle

Tall baluster oil lamp with handle

This is what we believe to be a large, English, baluster oil lamp dating from the mid to late 18th century.  Similar examples can be seen in Keith Kelsall's book, "Glass in 18th century England; The Open-Flame Lamp" in plate Q32.
 
The lamp 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 globe (where the brass fitting for the lamp would have sat) and 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 oil reservoir bowl.
 
The lamp is made in four pieces with an oil reservoir bowl at the top measuring 7 cm (2.8 inches) in...

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Price: £275.00


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