Scarce Georgian glass oil lamp filler jug

Stock Number: 4986

This is what we believe to be a scarce, small Georgian oil lamp (often called a lacemaker's lamp) filler dating from the middle to late 18th century.  It would be used for topping up the oil in the lamps dotted around the building.
The lamp filler is in good 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 filler has a wide funnel-shaped bowl with an everted rim measuring 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter at its widest and measuring 8.3 cm (3.3 inches) in depth.  The bowl sits directly on a thick conical foot which measures 7 cm (2.8 inches) in diameter.  The lamp filler is 9.6 cm (3.8 inches) in height.  It has an applied handle with a  thumb rest, affixed first to the top of the bowl and then to the bottom.  It has an applied spout, the end of which has been ground.  As with posset pots and funnels from the period this always seems to be the case.  There are no other chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration. There is one small unburst bubble and one small piece of white frit in the metal of the bowl.  There is a collector's sticker to the base of the foot.
It weighs 290 g. (~ 10 1/4 oz.). 
It is made from English lead metal.
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