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Circa 1740-1780

The Betty Lamp first came into use in the 18th century. They were commonly made of iron or brass and were most often used in the home or workshop.

The body is cast with one solid piece of iron with a nose or spout for a single wick channel. The wick channel is a thin metal channel of iron attached to the bottom of the pan and sloped upward to the lip. This allowed for a more rapid transfer of heat to liquify the fuel and thus precipitate the capillary rise of the oil or fat for burning. Wicks were usually pieces of twisted cotton rag. The betty lamp has a covered hinged lid, iron arm with hook and the chained ‘wick pick . Wick pick is a thin piece of linked iron ending with a pick used for loosening the burning wick as it would often char with the burning of the fuel. Betty lamps burned any grease, scraps of fat, fish, or whale oil, and when lit, they smoked considerably. This is a very good example of early Colonial lighting.

No Breaks or Restorations
Height: 4½”
Some pitting to the piece from age.

Inventory: AC-L 377

$ 335.00

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