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Tin Crusie with Tin Tidy Top
Presented here, a Tin Crusie along with it's Tin Tidy Top or Stand. The Tidy has a fluted pan on which the lamp sits and it's purpose is to catch the drips, perhaps the origin of the name "Tidy"?  These Tidy Tops were very handy to have around as it wasn't always possible to hang the lamp from its hook.  These stands allowed the lamp to be transported from one place to another and then set on the stand to provide light at a useable level, like on a table.  Compared to the number of betty and crusie lamps to be found, one rarely encounters the Tidy Top and so it is considered to be a quite desirable addition to a lighting collection. Circa 1700-1800. 
Both pieces are in very fine condition with a nice patina on the tin.  The two pieces together are 13-1/2" tall and the base of the stand is 6" in diameter.  The fluted top is pear shaped and measures 5-1/3" long and 3" wide.  The Tidy Top itself is 7-3/4" high.

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