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Lamp, Fuel
Lamp, Fuel
Resource Typeimage
TitleLamp, Fuel
Coverage / Year1840 to 1880
DescriptionA small glass lamp, bell-shaped, which has a small semicircular glass handle. The pewter cap and wick fixture is fastened to the top of the glass. This lamp has a single wick.
InterpretationA variety of oils was used for lamp fuel in the 19th century. There is really no way to be sure what type of oil was used in this lamp, however, the triangular projection at the base of the lamp tells us that this lamp was used by a worker who shoved it into a wall or a wooden structure where it could be used to light his/her work conveniently. The lamp canted (pivoted on a hinge) so as not to spill when moved.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Communities and Geography; How we learn about communities; Whaling Slide Show; Inventions Multimedia Time Line; School Museum; Introduction of artifacts as a primary source; What's That Relic?; Settling in the Midwest;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsWhale; Whales; Whale oil; Light; Lighting device; Lamps; Camphene; Chamber lamp
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1968.001.1150
CONTENTdm file name40617192422004_68.1.1150.jpg
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