Dating oil lamps
The spaces in between feet are filled with pierced scroll and leaf designs.A lamp is a device that holds and burns fuel, typically oil, as a means of producing light.Lamps with folded rims are often referred to as “cocked-hat” lamps.As they evolved, clay lamps became more enclosed, moving from a pinched nozzle to a bridged nozzle, and sporting the addition of a rim.The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and continues to this day, although not commonly anymore.They are often associated with stories in which rubbing an oil lamp would summon a genie dwelling in it, like seen in Aladdin.These changes aided in reducing the amount of oil lost through spillage.
Starting in 1780 the Argand lamp quickly replaced other oil lamps still in their basic ancient form.
It may be just an opening in the body of the lamp, or an elongated nozzle. The most common is a ring shaped for the forefinger surmounted by a palmette, on which the thumb is pressed to stabilize the lamp.
In this interview, Dan Edminster discusses antique oil lamps and glass lampshades (and their manufacturers), and gives advice to novice collectors.
I started out collecting miniature lamps and built up a collection of maybe forty, nothing high end, just mid range collectibles, then I got into hanging lamps, especially hanging hall lamps.
But it got to the point where I had too many hanging around the house and so I started selling more than buying.
The Roman Empire had fostered unexcelled glassmakers, but many of their techniques were forgotten with its decline.