FROM THE DAVID BOYER EARLY LIGHTING COLLECTION
In 1787 the Miles patent for whale oil burners provided competition to the candle in terms of convenience cleanliness safety and low cost.The growth of oil lamps centered on the abundant supply of a superior fuel- whale oil. In addition whale oil lamps could also burn any light oil i.e. vegetable oil.
Left lamp: Tin standing lamp with filler tube and weighted
base. 7 1/2’ Tall (BORT) List Price: $275
Right Lamp:Tin cone lamp with carrying handle brass burner
and rush holder for lighting. 87” Tall (BORT)