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Wednesday, June 01st, 2011 | Author:
Antique Cranberry Glass & Brass Wall Bracket Oil Lamp (item #965780)

Antique Lamps – In Cassolette Style

Prior to the development of modern sanitation etc, hygiene was poorly understood and certainly received very little attention. The air was full of smells from a multitude of sources and one of the most interesting descriptions comes from that indefatigable diarist, Samuel Pepys.

He speaks of his late 17th century London childhood, with London under a constant cloud of sooty smoke from open fires, brewers and dyers, soap makers and salt boilers, the smoke from their chimneys covering everything with sooty grime.

He records how wall hangings, pictures and clothes turned yellow and brown like leaves in autumn and winter under vests, sewn on for the season against the cold, were the colour of mud by the time spring arrived!!

John Evelyn, that other great diarist and contemporary of Samuel Pepys, also made a special note in his diary in August 1653 writing that “he was going to experiment with an annual hair wash!

Throughout history and certainly into the early 20th century, offensive smells were a real problem within every house, given that there was usually a large family, apprentices, maids and animals all contributing, plus cooking and dirty linen, kept for the monthly wash! Not to mention chamber pots, which were emptied into the yard or street!

By the middle of the 18th century efforts were being made to deal with this vast problem, although more on a household level rather than on the level of public works. We must remember that society was heavily classified and it was the wealthy end of society who were the innovators, simply because they could afford it.

About the author: Maurice Robertson, principal of The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co , has had a lifetimes association with antique porcelain and pottery,with his commercial experience spaning a period of 40 years,including as a valuer to the Australian Governments Incentive to the Arts Scheme. His long experience with antique ceramics and glass also includes dealing with leading museums and numerous international private collections. He has extended his ceramics expertise into the quality table lamps seen on the companys site, he is well known to local and international interior designers who have included many of his table lamps in their projects and has also supplied items of national interest to the official Sydney residence of the Australian Prime Minister.

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