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Original Tinsmith made "Fat Lamp" on Stem with Saucer Base !!! Ca. 1850.
All Hand Made by a Master Tinsmith "Fat/Lard Lamp on Stand" ! Double Ribbed & Rolled edge Round Finger Loop, which has a Re-enforced bottom stem on a Flat Pie Plate Base, with Folded over top and bottom edges. Circa 1840 to 1860.
If you like "Colonial American" primitives, this is a Utilitarian Treasure. Early thin "Sheet Iron" was plated or dipped in "Tin" before pure tin mixtures were developed. Tinsmiths were also known as Whitesmiths, versus Blacksmiths who worked with iron.
I would describe this as a "Fat Lamp, aka Lard or Grease Lamp" with a single round Wick.
Wick Holder is in great original shape with open slot for Wick Pick. I added the new round Wick for completeness. It Never had a Cover or Shoulder Rim due to Rolled Over Edge.
The Tin Form or Profile is a Great Tinsmith Example with the Man size handle or Finger Loop.
Overall Stands 7 inches from saucer base to top of wick tube. Saucer base is 6 3/8 inch in diameter.
Weighs 6.0 ounces empty.
Condition is Very Good, with normal wrinkles in the pie plate base. No Rust, or tin cracks, fractures, or solder breaks !
See Similar Lamp in Book Ref. :
Colonial & Early American Lighting
By : Arthur Hayward
Photo Plates : # 11
illustration : first lamp on the left.
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