Forged Iron Betty Lamp 19th CenturyForged Iron Betty Lamp 19th CenturyForged Iron Betty Lamp 19th CenturyForged Iron Betty Lamp 19th CenturyForged Iron Betty Lamp 19th CenturyForged Iron Betty Lamp 19th Century

Forged Iron Betty Lamp 19th Century
This early betty lamp burned grease for lighting in the 19th century.
It 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.
Approximate Dimensions: Length: 3" Height to top of handle 3"
Condition: As found, no damage or repairs evident. Wear as expected from age and use.

ITEM ID
betty lamp 2
ITEM TYPE
Antique
PURPOSE
Lamps
STYLE
Primitive
MATERIAL
Iron

Forged Iron Betty Lamp 19th Century

$195

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