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Victorian Cut Glass Fount Table Oil Lamp
This original Victorian clear cut glass fount oil lamp is a splendid example of its kind.
Many quality oil lamps on show at various venues look great but have just been given a surface clean. They may still carry the toll of years and years of use behind the scenes in the parts which rarely are seen... the parts which really matter.
This beautiful lamp is different. It has been completely disassembled and every single part from the brass stand couplings to the tiny pin which secures the burners snuffer lever professionally cleaned, thoroughly checked, and carefully restored where necessary. The burner has been completely serviced and now after over 100 years of accumulated dirt and debris has been removed from the hidden inner parts and new wicks installed is ready for many more years of display.
The photos now show all and this beautiful Victorian oil lamp is a pleasure to view and is worthy of pride of place in any modern home.
A fantastic clear cut glass fount in virtually perfect condition supported by a perfectly matched brass sectioned Art Nouveau stand.
The duplex twin side by side flat wick burner is a beauty and has 'English Made 1-1/16" Wick Duplex' inscribed on the ceramic wick winder knobs. The antique Griffin Brand chimney is the correct oval shape and compliments the lamp perfectly.
The globe shade is also in great condition and again is a perfect match. This has the occasional typical bubble flaw which help to verify the age and there are a few of the usual usage fleabites to the base which cant be seen when on the stand. It is possible that at some time the top may have been re-chamfered as there is a slight indentation where once a flea bite may have been removed.
All in all a really beautiful object and a professionally restored lamp is a rare pleasure to own.
Height to top of chimney 24 inches.
(empty) approx 2890g.
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Very Rare Pair Of Victorian Moderator Oil Lamps
Here is a fabulous and very rare pair of beautiful early Victorian Moderator Oil Lamps. Genuine lighting history!
These lamps would make a magnificent decoration piece. They are not working oil lamps as moderator lamps were fuelled with pressed olive oil and became obsolete for lighting purposes soon after the paraffin (kerosene) distillation process was discovered in 1847. Many were converted at later dates to light from electricity but there are no signs that these lamps have been tampered with in this way. From what I can see the original workings and moderators appear to be intact.
When I purchased these oil lamps they were described as being porcelain, but I think they are actually made from beautiful thick midnight blue glass. The transfer printed floral decoration has been hand overpainted.
The oil lamps are in nice condition and are remarkably unscathed for their age. The brass burner holder on one has a slight dint and there is an almost unnoticeable score in the glass towards the base of the other lamp. The brass burner top gallery on the right hand lamp can be seen to differ from its partner; the original must have been lost at one time but it would function well as a shade holder if put to use. There is also evidence of a few soldered repairs to the inside burner mechanisms and so are hidden from view.
Approx Weight Each (empty) 1820g
Height to top of burners 15"
Order number C120
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Superb Pair Of Ceramic Imari Pattern Oil Lamps
A superb and beautiful pair of ceramic Imari pattern oil lamps circa 1880. At first glance they appear to be a matching pair but there are a few small subtle differences to slightly differentiate them.
These lamps are a rare find and were covered with the grime of ages when I purchased them. They are now thoroughly clean and all the dirty thick black Victorian lacquer has been removed from the brasswork. I find them to be in tip top condition with no signs that the burners have ever been used - apart from the initial showroom burn to stop fraying.
They are not drop in lamps and the metal founts are securely connected to the bases through the ceramic centrepieces.
The Kosmos burners are interesting. They have 'Patent Brevete' stamped into the top of the wick holders. The wick winders give a much more exciting and satisfactory clue though. They have Kosmos embossed at the top and under this are the initials WW which stand for 'Wild & Wessel, Berlin', considered one of the most prestigious manufacturers in Europe and inventors of the Kosmos burner. Also their ships cord logo can be seen at the back of the wick winders. So, as the French Brevete patent system is on the burners it looks like they were manufactured by Wild & Wessel for the French market.
No clues, however, as to who made the really nice quality ceramic parts for Wild & Wessel though apart from the number 12 stamped into the base of one of them. This is not unusual though amongst oil lamp manufacturers who didn't like to confuse customers with more than one name to return to!
A lovely oil lamp pair in good working order.
Height to top of chimney 23”
Weight for each lamp (empty) approx 2055g
Order number C179
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