Copper Alloy; Lamp fitting; Gas burner



Copper Alloy Gas burner from a lamp. Paraffin lamps were in common use in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They had a wick and a clear glass chimney with air drawn from below. Most lamps also had a larger shade around the chimney often of opaque glass to diffuse the light. Some of the glass fragments from the Oakes Street assemblage may be from such a diffuser, but their incompleteness makes positive identification as such impossible.