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Rare Light Magnifier Circa 1820 to 1850 with American Pewter Petticoat Finger Lamp Ca. 1840-50's !!!
Very Rare Light Magnifier has a Tinsmith made Frame with a Sandwich Glass attributed Bullseye Lens Circa 1820 to 1850 with an American Pewter Petticoat Finger Lamp Circa 1840 to 1850's !!!
Early Magnifier is Very Primitive and the base still has it's original japanning underneath. You could use this magnifier with any lamp independantly, but this camphine burner is the perfect height for centering the flame at the Lens. Original antique "Twisted Wick" inside is shown burning after I dipped it into a safe 99% pure paraffin fluid.
Rare in itself, this Pewter "Petticoat" Finger Lamp, Circa 1787 to the 1850's is unmarked but has the adaptable "Candle Socket Peg" underneath, also has a perfect fitting Pewter Camphine Burner with tapered Brass Tube. (missing tiny chain & snuffer cap)
Measures : Magnifier is 8 inches High from base to top of lens, with a stable 4 1/8 inch by 3 1/2 inch Base. Pewter Finger Lamp is 6 1/2 inches High from base to top of burner tube.
See book ref.; "Early Lighting a pictorial guide"
By ; "The Rush Light Club"
Petticoat Lamp on page 64 figure # 6-11
Lens Magnifier examples on Page 84
Firm Pricing information : The "Light Magnifier" alone cost $350.00 just 2 years ago. Pewter Petticoat Lamp has just been added free.
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