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Victorian Era Student Lamps
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Student lamps using a 3/4" diameter circular
wick were in use by 1860. These lamps were of Argand style, a
circular wick without a flame spreader. To obtain a bright
light for reading, the flame had to be elongated, raised, to
have the highest "flame front" possible. With only a slender
fuel and wick holder extended on a tube, with the fuel
reservoir providing balance on the other side of the lamp,
there was little material beneath the burner to induce shade.
The burner could also be adjusted for height. It was then
possible to adjust the lamp so that a book could be read
beneath the light source without an annoying shadow.
Student lamps were made in a great variety of styles and
qualities. Many of them were saved from destruction when
electric lighting became popular because they were literally
works of art. Many survived because they were converted to use
electric light bulbs: yes, people paid good money to destroy
the value and utility of fabulous oil lamps.
There were dozens of manufacturers of student
lamps, the most popular being Wild & Wessel, Plume & Atwood,
E. Miller, Kleeman and of course Manhattan. One of the best
resources on the subject is "Student Lamps of the Victorian
Era," by Richard C. Miller and John F. Solverson, published in
1992. Copies may still be found on eBay and Amazon.
Manhattan Student Lamp
Burning with the Student Sans Rival Chimney
Disassembled burner of Manhattan Student lamp burner
on the left, showing the short wick sleeve with stud that rides up
the center of the slot in the wick tube.
At right, when the burner is turned the stud slides in the spiral
groove to raise or lower the wick as the burner is turned.
|Heinrichs & Knopp Student Lamp, patented Dec
Heinrichs & Knopp wick sleeve
Heinrichs & Knopp original wick
L&B Belgian, 1875
Wild & Wessel Harvard
Double Harvard Student Lamp
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