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
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 ...
not the 1980's Brass,
but the 1880's Brass....
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
from the 19th Century
was given to my parents
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
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?