This lamp is also known as a hurricane lamp as it is portable and can be used for lighting outdoors, even if the weather is windy.

The lamp has a strong metal frame with a glass chimney through which the light shines.The base of the lamp holds the paraffin oil, and is filled by removing a screw cap. Then there is a cotton wick which can be raised or lowered by use of a knob. A lever allows the glass chimney to be raised so that the wick can be lit.The chimney sits on the base, inside the frame and is topped by a ventilation unit and a hook for carrying and hanging the lamp. Lamps differ in size, but usually in the range 15 to 28 centimetres tall.

These should not be used indoors, but are ideal for camping.

More information:

Date 1940s, 1950s
Material(s) Metal
Item number MBPO47

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