Historic Tools of North Castle

Pewter Burning Fuel Lamp

This item at Smith’s Tavern is an oil lamp made of pewter that used burning fuel.  Burning fuel was a mixture of turpentine and alcohol and was a very dangerous fuel that could explode if not handled properly.  It could catch fire spontaneously because of its low flash-point. These lamps were also called camp here types (camp here is turpentine with no alcohol mixed).


Lamp T171 has a unique design almost like a pewter mug with a lid.  It has a base wider than the cup and a fancy curved handle. The top has angled double burners called pegs.


Reference:  https://collectlamps.com/burning%20fluid%20lamps.html

Catalog Items:

Item T171

Location:Left Shelf - 2nd
Width: 7 cm
Height: 14 cm
Weight: 212 g