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Lamp, Fuel
Lamp, Fuel
Resource Typeimage
TitleLamp, Fuel
Coverage / Year1840 to 1880
DescriptionA 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.
InterpretationThere 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.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican 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;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsOil lamp; Light; Lighting device; Whaling; Whale; Whales; Whale oil; Camphene; Lard oil
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifier1968.001.1060a
CONTENTdm file name45352172422004_68.1.1060a.jpg
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