Back then they made these things to really be able to stand up to all of the stresses and wear that they would be subject to, pride of craftsmanship really comes through in this beauty. Though it is very durable and made for use, yet it also has an exquisitely ornate touch to it, which gives it a nice decorative look, a completely beautiful Victorian antique. If this lamp was going to be used for any other reason besides decoration, the burner should be replaced for safety. They even make old looking replicas that have a bronzed OR antiqued look to them and are safe to use.
The old burner just screws right out, and a new burner right back in, very easy and simple to replace. Again, m ost of these antique oil lamps are just used as decoration and for that, this lamp is perfect. But with a replaced burner, it would be, not only pleasant to look at, but also, at times of power outages or romantic evenings with a glass of wine, it can be used to give out that wonderful soft'antiquee' looking glow. (Again, if the lamp is going to be used for lighting, the burner should probably be replaced). Then there's the beautiful deep purple amethyst color.We've all heard about old glass turning purple in the sunlight... This beautiful purple amethyst color is the result of this bottle being made with manganese-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.
But when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or other sources of UV rays, it triggers a chemical reaction and the manganese oxidizes and turns a wonderful amethyst color. Though some will suggest that this lavender color has been artificially produced or altered, whether a glass item has turned purple by the sun, by UV rays in a box, or by a sterilization process, they all turn the same purple color as it is all the same chemical reaction taking place. With few exceptions, only clear glass from before 1914 will turn sun-colored-amethyst.Not only does this deep purple/amethyst color make this a great looking antique bottle, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique! You rarely see these in this deep sun colored purple, check it out!
We put our 30+ years of experience in antiques to use in describing every item we list. The item "LARGE heavy BEAUTIFUL deep PURPLE color hand blown Victorian antique OIL LAMP #2" is in sale since Friday, April 17, 2020. 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.