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Rare Upgraded Civil War Period Converted Solar Lamp with Blown Glass Fount insert, and Petal Top Flange Lip Chimney & Burner !!!
Rare Upgraded Civil War Period Conversion with Blown Glass Peg Lamp pasted into a cut off Brass "Solar Lamp" !!! Complete with Fancy Petal Top Flange Lip Chimney & Burner !!!
Slightly more complex Solar Lamps from the 1840's originally had a central draft tube for air to feed the flame up inside a round wick which was then controlled by turning a worm gear threaded Burner & Shade ring assembly. Burning Coal Oil with Flat Wicks became cheaper than Heavy Fluids & Whale Oil after Ground Oil was discovered in Titusville, Pa. and then refined into Kerosene after 1859. many of the Heavy Fluid lamps were then converted by closing off the inside breather tubes and capping the larger burner holes with brass plates and threaded collars for the newer flat wick burners.
Near Mint 2 3/8 inch Burner with Coin Edged Coronet is Thumbwheel marked with raised block lettering as follows: "E. Miller * Made in USA."
Excellent 9 Petals on Top of Blown Glass Chimney which has a tooled 2 3/8 inch flange lip base.
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Measurements : Overall 17 3/4 inches High. Fluid lamp alone is 10 inches high from marble base to top of brass collar. Marble base is 4 1/2 inches square.
Weight : 3 Pounds and 6.0 Ounces complete.
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