Antique Pewter Chamber Fluid or Whale Oil Lamp Round Tray and Small Finger Loop
Description: Antique pewter chamber fluid or whale oil lamp. The lamp has a around base with a flat edge along its edge. The lamp also has an open ring-shaped finger loop with a flat rest on its top. The base of the lamp has a central short stem supporting a shaped reservoir that has the form of a flower with a domed top having a screw-on circular lid having two stems attached to it which serv as the burners (where wicks would be inserted). The screw-on top serves as a lid to the reservoir where the oil would be. The screw-in lid has two hollow columns or tubes where a wick would be inserted to be eventually lit. The tubes are made of non-ferrous material and are soldered to the round pewter screw-on lid. The reservoir has inside coloration suggesting that it was used and was filled with oil in the past. We believe this lamp is from the early to mid-1800s. It has developed a nice gray age patina which has nice eye appeal. A nice piece which would display well in your collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Unknown but we suspect early to mid-1800s.
Origin: Was purchased at an estate sale in Southeast Pennsylvania.
Size: The lamp measures ~5" in diameter at the base and is ~4 3/4" high to the top of the burner. The piece weighs about 13 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice classic antique worthy of a spot in your collection.
Condition: The piece is in very good condition with no breaks or repairs. The piece has no breaks or repairs. It appears to be all original and has developed a nice warm gray age patina. The cover fits into the opening and screws in very well. It is relatively clean and appears not to have seen some use in the past judging by the coloration in the interior of the reservoir. The piece has scratches, some surface dings here and there and a few minor nicks. The open ring handle is in great shape and is securely attached to the base of the lamp. The piece is solid and would display nicely in any collection or can be used as a decorative accent. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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