Lamp, whale oil
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Whale oil lamp. It has a hand blown glass lamp reservoir pegged into a crude piece of wood. 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 hand blown to fit into a crude piece of wood. A cork, or metal fixture would hold the wick into the opening at the top. This lamp is probably an early whale oil lamp from the 1750s to 1770s. 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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