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A copper/brass lamp made of several parts. A saucer base has a ring for hanging it up and a small circular handle. On top of the saucer is a tall cylindrical post on which a canting (tilting) reservoir is mounted. There is a single wick holder at the top. There is no way to know what type of fuel was used in this lamp, although it may have been a lard oil lamp. Lard oil lamps usually have flattened ribbon like wicks and this has a small opening of that type. Lard oil was easily and cheaply obtained (as opposed to whale oil). It was harder and smokier to burn than whale oil however. 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|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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