1600 - 1700
400 mm (Height)Order this image
Arlington Court, Devon (Accredited Museum)
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This unusual piece is German in origin. It has a glass reservoir which holds the oil (almost certainly whale oil), which then drops as it is burned away. The level is then read off against the hour marker. The oil in the Time Lamp burned at a regular and predictable rate and may well have kept time more reliably than clocks of the time, which until fairly recently were very inaccurate. Despite the help of the Pewter Society, this piece can not be dated more accurately than pre-Twentieth Century.
Pewter 17th century German time lamp, glass oil reservoir screwed to turned base - marked for 12 hours.