Antique Oil Lamp Collecting: Types of Lamps

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Different kinds of antique oil lamps; tips on types of fuel, shapes, and more in this free diy collectors video from an antiques dealer collection expert.

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We are here to talk about 19th Century oil lamps. Here we have a few examples starting with three milk glass bases here. When you look at it, there's the chimney, the burner with a column that connects to the font which is where you will hold your fluid and a brass column with a milk glass base. This is your basic 19th Century Oil lamp. We have a few examples here in milk glass; 1, 2, 3. Here and here and we also have whale oil here with your number 2 collar that is missing the burner which is not unusual for a whale oil. We use a number 2 burner to adapt so that it can be used. It is functional still today. We also have different varieties which is also called a finger lamp. Obviously, to hold it is called a finger lamp. This is about 1870 so we will see a range from the early 1810, 1820 up to 1890. This is actually dated September 20, 1870 so that is a little unusual but they do have dates on the bottom, some of them. So this finger lamp is dated. Here we have more of the same fluid lamps. 1840's and 1830's; two more examples. A little smaller fluid container, your font is much smaller than this one right here which you have a much larger reservoir to hold the oil. These contain whale oil. When it was popular in the early 1800's which was changed because of the diminishing whale overkill so they changed into using fuel which today's fuel you can buy just like this for lamp oil which is a nice burning fuel that doesn't smoke as much as the whale oil would have in its day because it doesn't have the fat. So those are some of the examples we have today. Only one colored example which is blue to clear which is areal pretty oil with fairly large font to it and a brass collar and a number one burner and this one actually has the marble base. I have only two examples with a marble base. You can take a look. Take a look at those right there and those are the marble bases with the brass connectors so those are some examples of what we will be talking about today.

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