Welcome to another What is it Wednesday. Yes these are all oil lamps, but in the last two weeks I have visitors asking what they are! Oil lamps are a great way to get light when you have no power or just trying to keep the cost of electricity down. This style lamp became popular in the 18th century, with the addition of the glass chimney, to help with the flow of the flame. Ami Argand is the one credited with this design. A number of oils have been used over the years. Some include beeswax, fish oil, whale oil, nut oil, and in 1853 petroleum oil was first used in Germany.
The tall lamp in the middle was a give away at a local gas station that my dad used to go to. One week you would get a oil lamp, some weeks soap! You never knew what my dad would come home with on Friday. The two flag oil lamps are from the Bicentennial of 1976. I love having them out in my red, white and blue room. In the summer time add some Tiki oil to help keep those biting bugs away. Please be careful in using your lamps, but have fun with them.