• Creator
  • Unknown
  • Created Date
  • 2-24-3
  • Description
  • This pewter oil lamp has a circular base which leads to a cylindrical stem. The stem holds up a larger cylindrical reservoir from which stems a single wick holder. This could be a whale oil lamp, or could have been used with vegetable or other oils. This lamp may have been for use with whale oil, or could have been used with camphene, vegetable oil or other lamp fuels. Whale oil was highly prized from 1750 to 1850 as the best lamp oil fuel. It... more
    This pewter oil lamp has a circular base which leads to a cylindrical stem. The stem holds up a larger cylindrical reservoir from which stems a single wick holder. This could be a whale oil lamp, or could have been used with vegetable or other oils. This lamp may have been for use with whale oil, or could have been used with camphene, vegetable oil or other lamp fuels. 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 Civil War made whaling difficult and made whale oil cost-prohibitive. 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. less
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