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A small glass lamp, bell-shaped, which has a small semicircular glass handle. The pewter cap and wick fixture is fastened to the top of the glass. This lamp has a single wick. A variety of oils was used for lamp fuel in the 19th century. There is really no way to be sure what type of oil was used in this lamp, however, the triangular projection at the base of the lamp tells us that this lamp was used by a worker who shoved it into a wall or a wooden structure where it could be used to light his/her work conveniently. The lamp canted (pivoted on a hinge) so as not to spill when moved. 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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