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Antique Kerosene Oil Lamp Glow

Wednesday, February 04th, 2009 | Author:

There is so much beauty in the slight flicker of a flame inside the glass casing of beautiful antique oil kerosene lamps that many people today miss it altogether due to the most common use of the kerosene lamp. In today’s age, these lamps are mainly used for camping purposes and for emergency use when the electric power goes out. Because these are the main purposes for the lamp, this is how they are displayed in stores. They are in the sport’s section of the store and in the lamp section — but displayed as “emergency” type equipment.

Have we forgotten the beauty that these lamps can bring? There is said to be very few material things out in the world that can bring a special feeling to a person all by itself. There are gifts from loved ones but the antique kerosene lamp can be bought just to light up the table on the outside deck and when the occupants are sitting around it, they can get a feeling of peace and serenity just by the glow of the light.

These antique kerosene lamps were once the only light that people had to travel and the only form of light in their homes to read by or see their loved ones with when the sun went down for the evening. Since the invention of electricity, the antique kerosene lamp has been put on the back burner and has been replaced by smelly candles and electrical flickering flames — the height of tackiness.

These antique lamps are a beautiful rendition of the ways that people used to live — and those past treasures should be brought back to life because people do not realize just how much they would enjoy these antique lamps. The lamps are very affordable unless you are lucky enough to come across ones that were used many years ago. There are collectors that know the treasure that these items bring to their lives and many have found kerosene lamps that are just as decorative. They are built with beautiful metal with unique shaped glass to house the flame. The handles are designed in unique ways instead of just a regular standard lamp handle.

There is a lot of creativity and beauty in these lamps that is making them become a more popular item not only for its main purpose (lighting), but also for decorating a particular room in a “country” style or decor. You will see a lot of these lamps being used for decoration in kitchens of today because the old time country kitchen is a very popular decorating choice. The beauty and feelings that this lamp offers to it’s owner sure surpasses the “strip light” that is hung over the sink, or the florescent lamp at the desk or bathroom. Buy a couple of antique kerosene lamps today — put them in several different locations — and bask in their soft, tranquil glow.

Author: Hwang Keum-Ok

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Antique Oil Kerosene Lamps

Sunday, January 25th, 2009 | Author:

In the late nineteenth century, and even well into the twentieth century, kerosene lamps were the main source of lighting in many households. I lived in Bush Alaska in the early to mid 1960s, where electricity was nonexistent, and at that time, kerosene lamps were the only lighting that we had.  These lamps are sometimes referred to as antique oil lamps today.

It is possible to find antique kerosene lamps in antique shops today as well as in flea markets, yard and garage sales. In Great Britain, these were known as paraffin lamps. In design, kerosene lamps ranged from quite plain two very ornate and were made from many different types of metal, such as iron, brass, or even tin. Some were made of glass. The more ornate antique kerosene lamps are very highly valued as collectibles and can be mounted on the wall, most often with a device known as a projector behind the lamp to increase the brightness.

There are two types of antique kerosene lamps: wick and pressure. A wick kerosene lamp has a wide, braided wick with an adjuster knob. The knob allows the wick to be moved up and down, depending on the height of flame that is required. All kerosene lamps have a reservoir, and in the case of a wick lamp, the wick is let down into the reservoir, and the fuel travels up the wick and is then burned. The wick of a kerosene lamp should be kept neatly trimmed, and should never be turned up high, as this will cause smoking and will blacken the globe.

In a pressure kerosene lamp, the pressurized fuel moves up through a thin tube into a mantle and is then burned. The mantle is made of a very delicate fabric treated with chemicals which are incandescent. Both kinds of kerosene lamps feature globes which in most antique kerosene lamps, is made of glass. The globe causes an updraft, the result of which is a brighter flame.

I have used both kinds of antique kerosene lamps, and I definitely prefer the wick lamp. It is very quiet, and if you keep the wick trimmed neatly it will burn with a steady, comforting glow. You know that the lamp is out of fuel when the light dies down. If the lamp is made of glass, you simply check the level of kerosene visually. My experience with pressurized kerosene lamps has been that they tend to flare up and can be very dangerous. However, if your lamp is well maintained and burned in a safe location, you will find that kerosene lamps, whether antique or modern, are a very enjoyable source of light.

It is possible to find antique kerosene lamps in antique shops today as well as in flea markets, yard and garage sales. In Great Britain, these were known as paraffin lamps. In design, kerosene lamps ranged from quite plain two very ornate and were made from many different types of metal, such as iron, brass, or even tin. Some were made of glass. The more ornate antique kerosene lamps are very highly valued as collectibles and can be mounted on the wall, most often with a device known as a projector behind the lamp to increase the brightness.

There are two types of antique kerosene lamps: wick and pressure. A wick kerosene lamp has a wide, braided wick with an adjuster knob. The knob allows the wick to be moved up and down, depending on the height of flame that is required. All kerosene lamps have a reservoir, and in the case of a wick lamp, the wick is let down into the reservoir, and the fuel travels up the wick and is then burned. The wick of a kerosene lamp should be kept neatly trimmed, and should never be turned up high, as this will cause smoking and will blacken the globe.

In a pressure kerosene lamp, the pressurized fuel moves up through a thin tube into a mantle and is then burned. The mantle is made of a very delicate fabric treated with chemicals which are incandescent. Both kinds of kerosene lamps feature globes which in most antique kerosene lamps, is made of glass. The globe causes an updraft, the result of which is a brighter flame.

I have used both kinds of antique kerosene lamps, and I definitely prefer the wick lamp. It is very quiet, and if you keep the wick trimmed neatly it will burn with a steady, comforting glow. You know that the lamp is out of fuel when the light dies down. If the lamp is made of glass, you simply check the level of kerosene visually. My experience with pressurized kerosene lamps has been that they tend to flare up and can be very dangerous. However, if your lamp is well maintained and burned in a safe location, you will find that kerosene lamps, whether antique or modern, are a very enjoyable source of light.

Author: Hwang Keum-Ok

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