Workman's lamp; Lamp, Whale oil
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Oval lamp made of tin with a cone shaped handle area. A wooden handle would have made this useful for workmen who needed to see inside something. Whale oil was highly prized from 1750 to 1850 as the best lamp oil fuel. It burned at a very steady rate, very brightly and with little smoke. Oil from the skull cavity of the spermaceti whale was the finest quality and was a major reason the whaling industry was so profitable. wooden handle would have made this lamp useful for workmen who needed to see inside something. They are often called baker's lamps, one can imagine peering inside a large oven with this lamp. American 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 16 History; 18 Social Systems; 13 Science, Technology and Society
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