The Collectible Oil and Kerosene Lamp Reference Library
In the collectible world of oil, kerosene, and electrical lamps there is an abundant of detailed books explaining the history, type, color, manufacturer, values and other specific details needed to verify any lamp.
We highlight only a select few here, but there are so many others to consider when starting your own lamp collection.
The first is “Aladdin, The Magic Name in Lamps”, by J.W. Courter published in 1978. The Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co. was started in 1907 and continues production today courtesy of a select few of Aladdin Knights, early collectors of Aladdin lamps. Mr. Courter provides the full history of the Aladdin Lamp Co and the complete line of lamps produced during the last 100 years.
J. W. Courter also produced “Center Draft Kerosene Lamps 1884-1940 Identification and Value Guide” published in hard cover in 2007. This is a most indispensable guide to kerosene lamps as a distinct collectible. The current value of every kerosene lamp is included in this first edition, but a new guide is published every year.
What J. W. Courter does for kerosene lamps, Catherine M. V. Thuro does with oil lamps. “Oil Lamps, the Kerosene era in North America” is a standard reference guide for all oil lamps as of this first edition in 1999. Two subsequent editions by Catherine M. V. Thuro featuring oil lamps were “Oil Lamps II, Glass Kerosene Lamps” published in 1983 and “Oil Lamps III, Victorian Kerosene Lighting, 1860 to 1900” published in 2001. All are standard reference guides.
Most of these guides can still be found except J.W. Courter’s 1st edition of his kerosene lamp series dating to 1978. There are many other additional fine reference guides in this field from miniature lamps to hanging lamps.
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