Georgian oil lamp, tall knopped baluster with handle

Stock Number: 4988

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 6.5 cm (2.6 inches) in diameter.  The bowl is extruded through to a short hollow "stem" which is fitted to the body of the lamp.  The body of the lamp is hollow and of inverted baluster form.  A drip tray with a downward folded lip sits on top of the lamp body, beneath the bowl.  A looped handle with a thumb rest is attached to the body, finished off with a curlicue to the bottom.  The base of the body ends in a merise and a broad, conical, folded foot which measures 13 cm (5.2 inches) in diameter.  The lamp itself is an impressive 27.5 cm (11 inches) in height. There are no chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration.  There is a small unburst bubble in the metal of the drip tray.  There is a collector's sticker to the base of the foot.
 
It weighs 366 g. (~ 12 3/4 oz.).
 
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Georgian oil lamp, tall knopped baluster with handleGeorgian oil lamp, tall knopped baluster with handle
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