A completely beautiful beautiful DEEP PURPLE AMETHYST color original antique glass oil lamp. To top of collar, w/out chimney, and roughly about. With chimney, to the top of the glass chimney. This size is the LARGER sized burner and chimney lamp, referred to as a Number Two - # 2.This is an ORIGINAL (over One Century Old) ANTIQUE Oil Lamp, a hand B lown I nto M old lamp (BIM), dating well over 100 years old. Condition : Lamp in in excellent clean condition. About the only thing we can find wrong with this lamp is on the very base of it, on this inside mold line it has a small area of flaking that probably occurred in manufacturing when it was taken out of the mold as it is right on the seam. For a used "appliance" that was solely used to provide light over a CENTURY ago, it is in amazing condition. NO cracks, chips, dings, damage, etc.
The glass chimney is also in nice clean condition. The brass collar is used but looks to be in good, used condition.
The burner is very used/worn but it looks like it would work, though there is no wick in place. The wick turner still turns which is good. The collar AND the burner look original to this lamp and are firmly set in place, as mentioned. BUT if this lamp was to be used as a functional appliance to provide light, the BURNER should be replaced as a safety precaution.
You can get them on-line for very cheap and they very simply just screw in and out of place. Age : An early hand-blown lamp (Blown-In-Mold = BIM), ca. An outstanding looking antique oil lamp in a not too commonly seen pattern. Back then they really made things to stand up to all of the stresses and wear that they would be subject to, and this pride of craftsmanship really comes through in this lamp.Though it is very durable and made for use, it also has an exquisitely ornate touch to it, which gives it a nice decorative look. A completely beautiful Victorian antique.
Many of these old lamps are burned out and NOT safe to use, and even though that does not look to be the case with this example (collar and brass burner on this lamp all look to be in very good condition) the burner should be replaced if it is going to be used as a functioning antique source of light. They can be picked up very cheaply online.But most of these ORIGINAL OLD antique lamps are just used today as decoration pieces so if this is the case, this is not even an issue. The pedestal base and the oil bowl that make up this lamp, ust look like jewels with the afternoon sun shining through them, it just illuminates the purple color, the beautiful deep purple amethyst color, and it comes to life. You hear about old glass turning purple... This purple color is the result of having manganese in the glass. Manganese is a mineral, a rock, that was mined, crushed, and pulverized into a powder, then added to vats of molten liquid glass, and acted as a decolorizing agent to turn the natural aqua-tinted glass into a pure crystal clear colorless glass. Then it was blown into a mold to create a vessel or object. But when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or other sources of UV rays, it triggers a chemical reaction and the manganese starts to oxidize and slowly turns a lavender or amethyst color. The end result is what collectors refer to as SCA (Sun Colored Amethyst) glass. The longer it is in the sun the purpler it becomes. This lamp has been exposed to a high heat/light source to enrich the purple color that would naturally occur if exposed to sun light for a prolonged period of time. It has the same affect as the sun, but a lot faster. It has not been colored, stained, or altered, the purple color is not ON the glass, the purple color is IN the glass. No matter how a glass antique item has turned purple (direct sunlight or UV rays in controlled environment) they all turn the same purple color as it is the same chemical reaction taking place. The only difference is the time it took to turn purple. What is important is that an item is old enough to turn purple as with few exceptions, only clear glass from before 1915 have manganese in them and will turn SCA.
After this, with the start of WWI, manganese was no longer available as foreign imports decreased and domestic resources turned towards the war effort. Selenium sulphate then replaced manganese as a glass de-colorizer and when exposed to UV rays, it turns a yellow / straw color, and a dark burnt amber color. Generally speaking NO MORE purple glass after 1915! Not only does this deep purple/amethyst color make this a great looking antique OIL LAMP, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique.And look at the ways it can be used; at times of power outages, a soft nightlight, or even romantic evenings with a glass of wine, it can be used to give out that wonderful soft'antiquee' looking glow, check it out! The item "Exquisite ANTIQUE Victorian OIL LAMP deep Loly Pop PURPLE original HAND BLOWN #2" is in sale since Saturday, July 7, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Lamps".
The seller is "clancy_kid" and is located in Clancy, Montana. This item can be shipped worldwide.