Lamp, whale oil
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Pressed glass lamp reservoir with a glass foot. The reservoir is capped with a double wick fixture typical of whale oil lamps. 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. Pressed glass lamps were made in the United States by the Sandwich Glass company and the American Glass company in the early 19th century. Through pressing the glass in a mold they were able to make a threaded top to the reservoir, onto which a tin fixture could be screwed. 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
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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