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Posted 25 days ago

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fortapache
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This is a finger lamp that probably used kerosene which some would sadly say has been turned purple. The seller admitted he had artificially irradiated it but I wanted such an example so here it is.
Around the turn of the century glass makers added manganese to make the glass clear. But oddly it would turn purple if left in sunlight. It proves it is antique but some consider it spoiled.
Anyway an interesting feature is the brass fitting built into the top of the reservoir. See photo #4. The burner screws into the fixture. The larger oil lamps would have threaded glass that the burner would screw into. Please forgive me for ending a sentence with a preposition but the "into which" thing seems a bit awkward.
The Jack-O-Lantern is foam rubber. Hopefully I will be carving a proper one this year.

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  1. Newfld Newfld, 25 days ago
    That's a really neat kerosene lamp Fort, interesting about the manganese. Good luck carving your "punkin", I never can get one right
    Jenni

  2. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 24 days ago
    The colour purple of this finger lamp is quite acceptable/normal looking for a lamp of this era when manganese was added to the glass mixture. I always considered it an asset for dating the lamps. What I do hate is the excess discolouration done on glass items such as milk bottles, tableware patterns, insulators and yes oil lamps when they become dark amethyst in colour. Bob
  3. fortapache fortapache, 24 days ago
    Thank you very much Newfld. I better pick up my pumpkin soon. I always pretty much do the same face. Nothing fancy.
  4. fortapache fortapache, 24 days ago
    Thank you very much LOUMANAL. It is handy as I can put around the century mark. There are some restorations Painting a 100 year old fan makes it bright and shiny but makes it less valuable to me.
  5. dlpetersen, 24 days ago
    Nice history on this lamp. I agree with Loumanal as the coloring is an asset.
  6. fortapache fortapache, 23 days ago
    Thank you very much dlpetersen. Good to hear.
  7. fortapache fortapache, 23 days ago
    Thank you
    Caperkid
    TassieDevil
    elanski
    mikelv85
    Newfld
    JImam
    nutsabotas6
    buckethead
    gargoylecollector
    kyratango
    vetraio50
    antiquerose
    officialfuel
    blunderbuss2
    dlpetersen
  8. fortapache fortapache, 22 days ago
    Thank you rhinoman.
  9. fortapache fortapache, 10 days ago
    Thank you SEAN68.

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