Lamp, whale oil
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Whale oil lamp. This iron standing lamp has an open cylindrical reservoir which cants (swings). 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. The reservoir of this iron standing lamp was put on a pivot so that movements of the carrier (or perhaps the ship if used on board) would not disturb the lamp. The wick was carried by a channel within the bucket to the center of the oil reservoir. 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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