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c. 1850 /1860s Camphene Lamp

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This attractive little lamp sports a heavy glass body with a threaded pewter burner receptacle and collar. The screw in cap is fitted with a brass wick tube. The cap retains its original chain and pewter snuffer. Dangerous though it could be due to its volatile camphene oil fuel, actually a mixture of turpentine and alcohol, the little lamp produced a bright, clean burning light making it a popular lighting device in its day. The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube is a telltale feature of the camphene fueled lamp offering an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir. Though referred to by collectors as a snuffer the chained pewter cap was intended to prevent evaporation of fuel when the lamp was not in use. A nice all original example of the type for the lighting device collector, these little sparking lamps are well suited to display with period medical / surgical collectables. Don't forget to give our search feature a try for special wants. A simple key word in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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