Miniature Lamps-IIby Ruth E. Smith
This all-new study of miniature lamps has grown out of and far beyond the first book published years ago by the author and her husband. Many (almost 600) new examples and much historical material has been combined into this up-to-date study. Miniature lamps are a fascination to people interested in antiques, lighting, and old homes. The book illustrates a wide variety of lamps by many identified makers.
Miniature oil and kerosene lamps, some as diminutive as 2-1/2" high, are direct descendants of prehistoric lamps using animal fat and other oils. Since the miniatures which have been preserved are so small that they cannot have provided adequate reading light, their intended function remains somewhat obscure.
Miniature lamps might have found uses in sickrooms, for dispelling a child's "bogeyman," or as parlor courting lamps making a suitable compromise between the requirements of propriety and romantic aura.
Undergoing many modifications and improvements, the component parts of the glass lamps originally manufactured as Sandwich, Mass., in 1825, are thoroughly explained by the author. Each of the more than six hundred illustrations is accompanied by descriptive detail including all known variants. Neophyte readers or potential collectors are thereby enabled to make as fine and interesting distinctions between lamps as they wish.
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