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    Posted 2 years ago

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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.


    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      That's a really neat kerosene lamp Fort, interesting about the manganese. Good luck carving your "punkin", I never can get one right

    2. LOUMANAL LOUMANAL, 2 years 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, 2 years 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, 2 years 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, 2 years ago
      Nice history on this lamp. I agree with Loumanal as the coloring is an asset.
    6. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you very much dlpetersen. Good to hear.
    7. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you
    8. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you rhinoman.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 2 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.

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