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IRON PHOEBE LAMP
Circa 1720 – 1760
Antique Iron Phoebe Grease Lamp. The double crusie lamp is primarily a domestic lamp with origins in Scotland and Ireland. The double bowl variety was sometimes called a phoebe lamp; the upper bowl contained oil with a floating wick and the bottom bowl caught the fuel drippings.
These lamps burned any grease, scraps of fat, fish, or whale oil. Wicks were usually pieces of twisted cotton rag. When lit, they smoked considerably. The burning if fish oil had a rank smelling and gave the poorest light. Grease and fats were better.
It is made from iron. A wonderful 18th century example in excellent condition.
Height: 7 3/4″
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