One of the best inventions that are still enjoyed today are the antique oil lamps. When oil lamps were first invented it was to light up the night, and although they are used by some when the power goes out, they’re purpose has become a decorative one. And around the early 1800’s antique oil lamps glass color was opened up with topaz, opal, amethyst, and sapphire, from such makers as the Sandwich Glass Company. These types of lamps were either hand blown or pressed into delicate vase-like shapes and were beautifully designed. You could also get these beautiful designs and colors in the antique hanging oil lamps which were initially made of clay.
When these lamps were first invented they didn’t have the warmth and charm that they do today. They didn’t have the elaborate designs and engraved patterns that give them their beauty and charm. They were to serve one purpose to provide light and was fueled with olive oil, castor oil, fish oil, animal fats, nuts, and plants. It wasn’t until later were they constructed to burn kerosene which was illuminated a brighter light than gas. They have come a long way in designs, colors, and even their purpose, although the ‘lighting the way’ purpose will always stand as their primary.
Today, there are different types and styles of these lamps manufactured and most people use mineral oil, which is a liquid petroleum, that expels no odor and has a very long shelf life to fire them up. They are also very decorative but don’t match the charm of the older models. The older models not only add some decorative charm to your room but can make a great conversational piece because of their history. Lamps like the Victorian, Aladdin, primitive, and whale can all have a story behind them.
Because of an antique oil lamps glass shades there is a soft warm glow that can be very useful for romantic settings. Having just one or two of these lamps glowing in a room can be a superior alternative to the romantic ambiance of candles. You can purchase scented oils for these lamps to add an even more romantic air to the room. Although you may find some antique hanging oil lamps in older Victorian homes they are scarce and highly collectable as is the more elaborate and older antique lamps and collectors love their warmth and charm.