Late 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease LampLate 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease LampLate 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease LampLate 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease LampLate 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease Lamp

Late 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease Lamp

This type of late 18th or early 19th century blacksmith made forged iron lamp is called a 'betty lamp' which comes from the word 'besser' in German (meaning better). Far superior to the rushlight or splint lamp, it evolved from the crusie lamp with the addition of a cover and a wick support which ensured that any oil/grease drippings from the wick flowed back into the reservoir. The betty lamp was probably the most widely used means of lighting among people of middle or lower income until refined whale oil became common.
It burned any fat or oil that was available virtually without smell or smoke, using a twisted cotton wick. The hook was designed for either suspending the lamp from a hook or chain or fastening it into the wall.
The attached forged chain like wick pick was used to move the wick up & out.
Condition: No damage or repairs. All original with wick pick & hanger..
Approximate Dimensions: Length 4 1/2", Height 5".

ITEM ID
Betty 1
ITEM TYPE
Antique
PURPOSE
Lamps
STYLE
Primitive
MATERIAL
Iron

Late 18th Century Forged Iron Betty Lamp Covered Crusie Grease Lamp

$295

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