Lamp, whale oil
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Whale oil lamp. This canting brass chamber lamp has a double wick. 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. This lamp was small, probably for use in a bedroom. It has a swivel so it could easily be carried from room to room without extinguishing. The two channeled parallel wick was a design feature only used in whale oil lamps. Two wicks burn more brightly than one. 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|
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