Kerosene Hanging Lamp; 1977-0450-1
Kerosene Hanging LampAbout this object
Donated by Mrs B Ebbet
Restored by Mrs W Skilton
A Kerosene Hanging Lamp (ceiling mounted with a chain) A beautifully worked object with amber etched glass panels (6) in a hexagonal 'skirt' above a filigreed brass bowl.
The lamp itself has the obligatory glass cover.
Because of the heat generated by kerosene and gas lamps, flames were contained by etched glass of various colors—from frosted white to ruby red to multicolored slag—while the lamp’s hardware was typically made of brass. There must have been concerns at the time about the safety of kerosene lamps since they were often advertised as being “non-explosive,” but kerosene lamps burned brighter than gas, so for many the risk was worth it.
Because kerosene chandeliers required daily maintenance, a pulley was often secreted inside the decorative plate that also hid the lamp’s connection to the ceiling.
ManufacturerMedium and Materials
105 cm H, 50cm diaObject Type
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