A good microscopists spirit (paraffin oil) lamp in bright brass with a flawless chimney and ivory coloured, glazed shade. Signed “J. H. Steward, 406 Strand, London” c.1860, this lamp retains 70% of it’s golden lacquer. Circular ring base, circular brass reservoir cup and adjustable height by knurled screw to 1/2 inch diameter rod. The reservoir, although dirty, retains it’s glass stopper (stuck) and terminates in an adjustable wick with brass screw to hold the clear glass chimney. The glazed ivory chimney shows no chips or cracks and is supported by a brass ring. Maximum height is about 17 inches. All housed in it’s original pine box with carrying handle and brass hook for secure closure. Box measures 14 x 5 x 5 inches. Steward was at this address from 1856-71.
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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).
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