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Tin down-draft Argand Kerosene Lamp. Has a tall cylindrical chimney that is attached to a cup-shaped font by a 2.125" projection which has been soldered on. At the top of the font is a flat slot with a wick stem in the center. Surrounding this stem is a multi-petal ridge with many holes. The lamp is fixed to the base like an inverted dish. On the underside there are three solder marks in the center. Kerosene lamps burned much brighter than candles, and were less smoky and smelly than whale oil, but they still had disadvantages. Kerosene lamps had to be filled daily, and the wick needed to be trimmed constantly. Weekly, the chimneys and shades needed to be washed, and it often had to be rewicked as well. Westward Expansion 16 History
|Early American Museum|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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