This rare 19th Century Oil Lamp was once used by the Coal Miners of the Ruhr Valley in Germany. It was hand made out of iron and brass and dates back to the middle of the 19th century. This type of hanging lamp is known as a frog lamp, possibly because of its resemblance to the amphibian. These lamps improved upon the open hanging lamps by allowing for larger fonts and less spilling of fuel. The chain could also swivel, allowing the miner to easily point his flame in the desired direction. The so called "mirror" - the part right above the flame - was covered with a piece of brass which has been engraved with the famous hammer and pick symbol and the German saying of the miners "Glück auf" (Good luck!). These type of miners lamps are highly collectible and a rare find.
Condition: In very good condition. Some light surficial rust. Hinge works well. Some of the hardened antique Oil still in Place. PLEASE SEE PICTURES
Size: 9" x 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
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