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Primitive Colonial Working Oil Lamp Wick Included

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This is a working reproduction oil lamp. It is crafted of metal and comes with wick. It can be used with lamp oil. As usual PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS WITH ANY OPEN FLAME. Only use with lamp oil.

In the early 19th century, lamp designs burned many different fuels, including rapeseed oil, lard, and whale oil rendered from whale blubber (and the more expensive spermaceti from the head of sperm whales), but most Americans could only afford light emitted by animal-fat, tallow candles.

By 1850, the U.S. Patent Office recorded almost 250 different patents for all manner of lamps, wicks, burners, and fuels to meet growing consumer demand for illumination. At the time, most Americans still lived in almost complete darkness when the sun went down.

In the years leading to the Civil War, the most popular lamp fuel by far was the “burning fluid” called camphene, a dangerous mixture of turpentine, alcohol, and camphor oil extracted from the wood of camphor trees. It was inexpensive but volatile; camphene lamps could explode.

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Primitive Colonial Working Oil Lamp Wick Included - The Primitive Pineapple Collection
Primitive Colonial Working Oil Lamp Wick Included - The Primitive Pineapple Collection
Primitive Colonial Working Oil Lamp Wick Included - The Primitive Pineapple Collection
Primitive Colonial Working Oil Lamp Wick Included - The Primitive Pineapple Collection
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