Lamps are part of the earliest evolution in lighting where some
real thought was put into the design of the lamp to make it
better. In fact, they are said to have got their name Betty
from the German word "besser" which means To Make
Better. These lamps were commonly used to the mid 1800's and
some date back to the 1700's.
predecessor, the Crusie, the Betty lamp has a cover added to
the top. Although the greatest improvement is the addition of
a wick holder inside the oil reservoir. This allows oil from
the wick to drip back into the lamp, saving it, instead of dripping
onto the ground.
are typically found made of sheet steel, but are also found
in tin or brass. They have a hook on top to hang from or can
be sat onto turned wooden stands as shown in the picture to