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Sparking Lamp
Presented here  is a Sparking Lamp, also sometimes called a Courting Lamp.  This dainty little lamp, equipped with a single screw whale oil borner has a spun saucer base and ornate cast brass handle with thumb grip as well as a hinged cover for the wick.  It is 4" high and the base is 3-1/2" in diameter and circa 1830. 
 
Story has it the lamp was lit when the suitor came calling and had to leave when the lamp went out.  Like a chamberstick, these were also used to light one's way to bed. The condition is very fine condition.

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