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Vintage Oil Lamp Filler for Kerosene and Oil Lamps – 1896 S. Sternau Co.
This great looking item is an antique oil lamp filler. It would have been used in the late 1800's for topping off old oil and kerosene lamps. It is made of brass and copper and it has an elegant shape. These are typically found with nickel plating. This doesn’t look as though it were ever plated. The domed lid on the top unscrews to fill the bowl. A chain is attached to the spout and there is a small cap attached to a chain to keep the spout covered when it’s not being used. The small plunger toward the front of the handle is depressed to allow air into the chamber while pouring out of the spout. The bottom it is marked; S.STERNAU & CO. – Pat’d May 12 ‘96.
It measures about 5 1/16” tall to the top of the filler cap and 5 ½” to the top of the spout. The base measures about 2 5/8” in diameter and it measures about 7 7/8” across from end of spout to outer edge of the cast handle. It is in very nice condition with minimal wear. There are a couple of very small dents on the body and a few minor dents on the lid. As previously stated this is not nickel plated. It may have been but if so this is the best job I’ve seen of nickel stripping.
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