Oil Lamps: The Kerosene Era in North America

Oil Lamps: The Kerosene Era in North America

by Catherine M. V. Thuro

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Near the turn of the twentieth century, the mass production of affordable lighting forever changed how we work, play, and live. This tectonic shift is directly related to the availability of cheap petroleum-based oil and the refinement of the kerosene lamp. Author Catherine Thuro devoted years of research to compiling a record of these formerly ubiquitous lighting devices. Oil Lamps is her first masterpiece: a comprehensive, invaluable resource. With over 1,000 lamps shown in detailed studio photographs, clearly reproduced illustrations from catalogues and trade journals, this book is the definitive visual compilation of kerosene lamps and accessories. The clear photography is also matched by detailed and engaging explanations about the origins of lamp styles.

Thuro places the kerosene lamp in cultural and historical context, discussing the revolutionary large-scale production of these luminaries, the wide array of raw material used, and the far-reaching consequences of a society literally brought into the light on a massive scale. For both historical and comparative information, this is a must-have reference for collectors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635618433
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date: 02/04/2019
Edition description: Reprint ed.
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 907,015
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Catherine Thuro is a designer by profession. Following study in the School of Architecture at Auburn University, Alabama, she has applied her considerable talents in such diverse fields as architectural, interior, and landscape design, furniture, costumes and displays. For the past fifteen years she has conducted a successful practice as a landscape consultant. Catherine lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and three teenage sons.

Table of Contents


Introduction... 11

History and Research... 15

Glass and Glass Companies... 26

Collecting Lamps... 31

Accessories - Collars, Burners, Chimneys and Shades... 36

Kerosene for Heat and Health... 50

Railroad Lighting and Ships' Lamps... 54

Lanterns and Portable Lighting... 56

Metal Lamps... 60

Mechanical Lamps... 68

Hall, Hanging and Bracket Lamps... 72

Miniatures, Night Lamps and Novelties... 75

Whale-Oil and Burning-Fluid Lamps... 78

Earliest Kerosene Lamps... 81

Ring Punty... 84

Rib, Prism and Icicle Patterns... 88

Early Bullseyes... 92

Early Related Lamps - Before 1880... 94

Fern, Shields and Centennial... 102

Sandwich and Similar... 106

Atterbury and Similar... 119

Patterns Under Glass... 148

Hobbs, Brockunier & Company... 151

Marlbe and Opaque Glass Base... 158

Iron Stem-Base... 170

Figure Stem... 174

Lomax... 178

Ripley... 183

Patented Lamps... 188

Glass Lamps Before 1880... 196

La Belle and Central Glass... 204

Henry & Nathan Russell... 214

Composite Lamps... 216

Mix and Match... 220

Color Plates... 225

Riverside Lamps... 240

Findlay Lamps... 248

Gone with the Wind or Vase Lamps... 255

Late Related Lamps - After 1880... 258

Lamps 1880-1900... 268

Lamps 1900-... 302

United States Glass Company... 308

China Glass & Lamps... 334

Bibliography... 346

Index... 348

Value Guide to Oil Lamps... 353

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