Georgian plain stem oil lamp, shoulder drip tray

Stock Number: 4978

This is what we believe to be a Georgian plain stem oil lamp (often called a lacemaker's lamp) dating from the mid 18th century.  Similar examples can be seen in Keith Kelsall's book, "Glass in 18th century England; The Open-Flame Lamp" in plates Q65 and Q66.
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 an ovoid-shaped reservoir, narrowing again to the rim, and measuring 7.2 cm (2.9 inches) in diameter at its fullest and measuring 9 cm (3.6 inches) in depth.  The reservoir sits on a thick, plain stem with an upturned drip tray below the bowl.  The stem ends in a conical, folded foot which measures 9.4 cm (3.6 inches) in diameter.  The lamp is 17 cm (6.8 inches) in height.  There are no chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration.  There is a piece of white frit and a few tiny black inclusions in the metal of the base of the bowl.  There is a collector's sticker to the base of the foot.
It weighs 348 g. (~ 12 1/4 oz.). 
It is made from English lead metal.
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Georgian plain stem oil lamp, shoulder drip trayGeorgian plain stem oil lamp, shoulder drip tray
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