Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I FINALLY Got This....

This oil lamp has been in my family as long as I can remember.
I, also as long as I can remember, 
have wanted it.
Maybe since I have been an "adult" and
had my own Home....
Yeah, probably then!

 Well, I went to visit with my Dad last week
and he wanted me to have it....
Of course I grabbed it and put it in my car
anxious to bring it Home!

 As you can see it was quite dirty and needed
cleaning up.  Bar Keepers Friend is a 
pretty gentle cleanser, so that is what I used.
Along with some paper towel
and an old soft toothbrush.

 As I was cleaning it I found a few markings that
weren't noticeable under all that grime.
So I did what anyone would do
I Googeled it!

 It's made of this cool 
etched/frosted glass
to hold the oil....

 this metal is called Spelter....
Spelter, while sometimes used merely as a synonym for zinc, is often used to identify a zinc alloy. In this sense it might be an alloy of equal parts copper and zinc ...

 and Brass....
not the 1980's Brass,
but the 1880's Brass....
Much Cooler!
Don't~cha think??
I do!

 Couldn't see this either....

 So beautifully aged this Spelter...
this is not Bronze, although it appears to 
be made to look so.  
I am in LOVE!

I didn't want to over clean this lamp.
I wanted some of the age and none of the dirt left on it.
Yes there is a difference!
This is a Scovill Mfg Oil Lamp
Probably....
from the 19th Century
was given to my parents
~Years Ago~
by a Dear Family Friend that was in her 80's at the time.
We called her Mother Anderson....
don't ask me why....I was just a baby!
I've been told it was in her family as well.
I am so very Happy to have
~inherited~
this oil lamp.  I will Always have it, as long as I live anyway!
No amount of worth....
and I am guessing there is some,
would make me think twice to give it up!

Do you have anything that you've inherited that means that much?

6 comments:

  1. Very nice and how cool that you were able to find all that information online. Yes, I have a piece or two that is worth more to me than money.

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  2. What a wonderful heirloom. When you think how important these were to people back then. We have some old ones too but not as detailed.

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  3. How wonderful that you inherited this beautiful crystal oil lamp! It's so much fun to get something special, especially when it's been around longer than you! Enjoy - it's lovely!!

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  4. Such a unique lamp, lovely. Where ya going to put it?

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  5. My Mom gave me her buffet and china cabinet when I moved into my own home. I treasure them!

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  6. I have an antique spool cabinet that was my Mother's. It had probably been in a store at one time and she bought it at an auction and had it refinished. I cherish it and the memories it brings of her.

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