A functional oil lamp will have an increased value over its purely decorative counterpart.
As well as styles there are different types, including beautiful cranberry glass oil lamps, sophisticated desk lamps and even the odd gasolier or electrolier.
Whatever style or type of lamp you choose, you will really come to appreciate the particularly warm light that your antique lamps and matching lamp shades provide.
These in turn were replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850.
In small towns and rural areas the latter continued in use well into the 20th century, until such areas were finally electrified and light bulbs could be used.
The blown glass font has a brass filler cap and a mount for a burner which is missing.
Though not marked, the design of this lamp base matches item number 1508 B, in the ca.
Most of these oil lamps were made of stone and burned animal fat.
Oil lamps dating to around 4000 BC have been found in Egypt where they were used for centuries, not only for the illumination of the home, but also in religious ritual, which was an integral part of daily life at the time.
A poly-chromed cast figure of an Indian warrior in front of a tree stump stands on a square slate base.
The figure's left arm is raised above his head and his right hand is holding a branch.
When you purchase an antique oil lamp or any antique lamp as a long term investment, it really is essential that you find out if the lamp is in working order.