Kerosene lamp

This is a kerosene lantern. Because of the heat generated by kerosene and gas lamps, flames were contained by etched glass of various colours — from frosted white to ruby red to multicolored slag —  while the lamp’s hardware was typically made of brass. There must have been concerns at the time about the safety of kerosene lamps since they were often advertised as being “non-explosive” but kerosene lamps burned brighter than gas, so for many the risk was worth it.

If you have information about this kerosene lamp that would be useful for our catalogue contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection TN.0018.90.

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