18th Century Wrought Iron Folk Art Double Grease Lamp


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Outstanding wrought iron double grease lamp, also referred to as a “crusie” lamp. Both lamps are crowned with a stylized flying dove. The doves are enhanced by punched dot patterns, creating a sweet folk art design. Nicely twisted hanging spike attached to the larger lamp. Great untouched old patina. A superb piece offered in pristine condition.

This early form of lighting was common in America in the 18th century. The pans were filled with grease, fat scraps, fish and cooking oil (and whale oil after 1760). A simple wick or rag in the nose slot fed from the fuel. Double lamps, such as this example, doubled the light potential and caught dripping grease from the top lamp. The lamps could also be separated and used independently for more widespread lighting.

At a time when candles were expensive to buy and difficult to produce, these lamps offered a fragrant but inexpensive form of illumination.



Date: 18th century.


Size: 12 1/2″ tall fully extended. Lamps are 9″ and 6″ tall.


Condition: Excellent with expected aging and wear.


Price: $295


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