This is an orange stand-alone paraffin oil heater, with a cylindrical chimney opening to a circular kerosene tank and flame output. This is a Valor Junior No. 56 which was made in England. Before the advent of electric battery power, paraffin oil was the most common fuel for lamps and portable lanterns. It is still used to some extent for portable lamps and stoves, most often by campers or in developing countries. The Amish, who are religiously opposed to electrical power, heavily rely on paraffin oil to power their lamps and appliances. If you know more information about this heater contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or firstname.lastname@example.org, reference 1991.071.1.
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