Mercury Glass Lamp (oil lamp)

jonathangillMarch 4, 2010


I have an antique mercury glass lamp that I am trying to get more info on as I plan to sell it on Ebay within a week. I know that it is old and original and that it was originally an oil lamp, but has been converted into an electrical lamp. Although, I believe it could be converted back into an oil lamp. Anyway, here are some pics of the lamp I put on tinypicÂ

If you or anyone you know has any information on something like this I would love to hear from you!

Thank You!

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I suspect that the lamp was never an oil lamp but always electrical....with hints at old oil burner. But that "burner" on top sure does look real.
I see no way that could could have originally been an oil lamp...and mercury glass is very fragile and will turn dark if the seal is consists or 2 layers of glass, with mercury in between and sealed, usually with wax.
The light sockets with the pull chains are not new, but frankly I don't see how this could have been a lamp? Where would the shade fasten? Have you tried to unscrew the electric part?
Something looks fishy....where did you get it?
Linda C

    Bookmark   March 4, 2010 at 9:28PM
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The item sitting on the top globe is designed as a kerosene burner. There are air vent holds on the under side of the metal holder and the pronged top of the holder is a typical design for holding a glass chimney. Its too bad it has been ruined. The wick elevator has been removed and a hole drilled in the bottom for the electrical wire.

However, there is are suspicious elements. Normally, the glass container for the kerosene was transparent enough to reveal the liquid level. This was necessary feature so that the owner knew when to refill. Also, the height to width ratio is suspect. A desireable keresone lamp has a wider base to stableize the lamp and guard againt tipping it over, a greatly feared hazard with kerosene lamps.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 1:41PM
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Thanks for the information!

Any ideas on value in current condition?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 5:40PM
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I think the very top unscrews for a shade with a" metal washer" type thing that sits right on bolt & screws down, it was never an oil lamp. The bottom is similar to couple of mine.That piece on bottom is metal, I've seen where people have bent them trying to get them off, doesn't come off. You replace cord by loosening that piece around cord & pull it out the bottom after you have taken it apart from the top, then you slid new cord up the lamp & attach to 2 top pieces & you are all set but I haven't replaced this 1 with 2 lights so cord must be split & have 4 wires in it instead of 2. As Linda said mercury glass wouldn't work for that. Does that lacey piece right under the bell chains have a little flat piece coming out of it on the other side that we can't see, if it does it may have printing on it by company that made it. Does it work? With right shade would be very nice lamp.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 2:52AM
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