Add a flicker of light to your sitting room with an oil lamp or place one in a hallway on a table. This type of illumination replaced candles until electricity came on the scene. You can change how you bring light into a room, save electricity, and create ambiance in your environment by purchasing one or more of these lamps to replace flipping a switch for radiance.
A glass oil lamp is breakable whereas a brass oil lamp simply tarnishes unless it has a lacquered finish, and provides light for decades. Some examples have metal bases with glass globes. Choose one made completely out of brass or a combination of metals if you believe breakage is inevitable. You can leave the lamp shiny or let it age naturally as it accumulates a thin layer representing years of wear and tear, referred to as patina. If you cannot walk by the item without cleaning it, wipe off the lamp with a soft microfibre cloth to remove surface dust. Use a toothbrush dipped in soapy water to lift deep-down dirt. Clean a brass lamp routinely but apply a brass cleaner every so often to polish out any dull areas.
Consider your purchase of an oil lamp as an investment when buying an antique oil lamp. Most centuries' old items increase in value when kept in premium condition. Browse through selections of Victorian oil lamps and Edwardian oil lamps where sellers verify the approximate age. Learn to recognise the characteristics of old oil lamps such as the name of the manufacturer and visible markings. This information helps date the piece or identify that it is from a certain period. When purchasing an original hand blown globe, look for obvious air bubbles in the glass, and if the globe looks thicker than an antique. The base of the lamp should have a weightier look than modern examples and should feel heavier when you pick it up.
Lamps with Handles
Your oil lamp should suit the needs of a majority of users which in most cases equates to ease of use. A handle is a significant feature if you intend to use the oil lamp for everyday use. You need a way to pick it up and add fuel, and to hold on to the lamp when doing so. A handle keeps the lamp steady in your hands when moving to another location. Holding a lamp from the bottom invites trouble, breakage of glass, or spillage of fuel, especially when a lamp contains a glass globe or chimney; whereas a lamp with a handle eliminates those types of accidents.