1889 Kerosene Lamp Light , Fostoria Glass Co. of Ohio

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jan 08, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

RARE Fostoria Glass Co. of Ohio 1889 Kerosene Lamp

For auction is a RARE, one of a kind, Fostoria Kerosene Lamp patented May 21, 1889. This is a gorgeous, ornate antique lamp. This is a high dollar lamp for the era it was made in. It was pulled out of an attic in Ridgeley, West Virginia, as is seen. We believe this lamp to be all original, with no repairs, we can not be sure of the shade and globe. We have no way of knowing if they have been replaced, or are still original, but we are selling it just like we found it.

This kerosene lamp was made by the Fostoria Glass Company of Fostoria, Ohio. Light is made out of a metal, not sure what kind, but it has a nice, heavy patina on the outside of all the surface. It could be silver or silver plate with heavy patinia. When removing some of the parts for pictures and inspection you can see that w the metal has not been exposed to light and air as much is no patinia and it has a silver look. Lamp is very ornate from the bottom to the top. The legs of the lamp are in the shape of what appear to be animal feet, t are 3 of them. As the legs go from the floor to the top, the metal twists into a loop, and continues upward. They are attached to a center pole, which has a twisted, spiral design on it. When they reach the top area of the center pole, the ends of the legs have a scrolled like design on them. The top of center pole gets bigger then goes smaller again. At this section of the lamp in the center t is a latch that will pull out or push in a little. In the center of the center pole, t is another pole that should allow lamp to be adjusted in height. The inside pole will only come up a little, it feels like it is catching on something, but we do not know why it will not adjust. This piece of the lamp moves freely around in a circle, just not up and down. From the floor to the top of the glass chimney globe is 5 feet tall.

Above this part of the lamp is a very ornate bubble like section. The outside is done in 2 section patterns, this area is w the wick and fuel canister sits inside the lamp. The fuel and wick canister is w the kerosene goes and then the wick sits down inside of it. The wick on this lamp, is a double wick. It has 2 separate wicks that are each able to be adjusted by a knob above this area. T is also an extra wick included, it is stored on the bottom part of the wick w the active wicks are. Wicks are still damp, they don't look like they have ever been dried out. T are 2 knobs on the outside of the wick part of this lamp. They each have the following embossed on them, "Fostoria Glass Co., Fostoria Ohio". Each knob measures approx. 1" in diameter. T is a pull string on the wicks. When pulled t is a piece that comes up and covers the wicks to put the flame out. When the switch is pushed back up, the piece drops back down and the wick is fine and ready to use. The end of the pull is made of wood, and works smooth. At night all you had to do was pull the string to put the light out. What a great feature.

The top of the lamp has a clear glass chimney globe and a white glass shade. It goes straight then bubbles out, then straight up again. Globe meaasures 11" in height and approx. 3" in diameter at the widest place. The shade measures 12" in diameter at the bottom, approx. 4" in diameter at the top and 7" in height. The top of the shade is broken and is missing pieces. Please refer to pictures.

We have not attempted to clean this lamp, It is just the way we it was found. We believe this lamp may be a very rare antique lamp. It may be a one of a kind lamp, we have looked for others and have not been able to find one. Lamp is in excellent condition and sells as is. Again, we have not tried to clean this lamp, it has a lovely, heavy patina all over it. New owner will have to decide to clean or not. The only issue is the broken globe and the side lever that we mentioned above that may allow the lamp height to adjust, may need repaired. Not sure? Wicks adjust nice and smooth. All pa...