Examples of Early Lighting Devices

Examples of Lighting Accessories & Related

    

LARD LAMPS

(Circa 1830's to 1850's)

Lard Lamps, for the most part, were in wide use from the 1830's to the 1850's. They have a unique design in which the burners are made to heat up and liquify the lard, therefore the oil reservoir is typically no larger than the area in which the burner can reach the fuel.

Many designs were patented and are well known as a good number of the lamps were marked. All of them follow the same basic concept of a heat conducting material (usually copper) that goes down into the lard. They typically have flat wicks although some were curved around the conductor, and it is not uncommon to find lamps using multiple wicks.

Lard Lamps are commonly found made of tin, although examples of glass and pewter were also made.

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E.S. Archer
Patent June 18, 1842

US Patent No. 2,671

Archer Burner

Burner Removed

F.H. Southworth
Patent July 2, 1842

US Patent No. 2,703

Patent on Collar

Enoch Perry
Patent October 12, 1842

US Patent No. 2,811

Perry Burner

R. Cornelius
Patent April 1st, 1843

US Patent No. 3,030

Cornelius Burner

Patent Plate

Cornelius & Co.
Philadelphia

Houghton & Wallace with Shade Patent Nov. 15, 1843

US Patent No. 3,333

H&W Burner

Patent Plate

Houghton & Wallace Pewter Lamp Patent Nov. 15, 1843

US Patent No. 3,333

H&W Burner

Patent Plate

D.Kinnear
Patent Feb. 4th 1851

US Patent No. 7,921


Kinnear Burner

Patent Embossing

S.N.&H.C. Ufford
113 Court St., Boston.
Kinnear's Patent Feb. 4th 1851


Ufford Burner



Patent Plate

Samuel Davis
Patent May 6, 1856

US Patent No. 14,806

Davis Burner

Unmarked Lard lamp
similar construction to Kinnear
Unusually large size.


Burner Closeup

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S. Rust
Patent April 20, 1837

US Patent No. 176

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S.Rust Burner on an unmarked Henry Hopper lamp

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S.Rust Burner on a marked Henry Hopper lamp

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