An authentic antique French 'Pigeon' oil lamp. This little lamp was designed by a Mr Pigeon who made a fortune after exhibiting them at the famous Paris Exhibition in 1900. His 1,000 Francs guarantee that they are ‘inexplosable’ is written on the handle, however after having to pay out a few times he removed it on later versions from about 1910 onwards. The brass which usually has worn thin by this age is perfect and hence the wording can still be clearly read. These little lamps were sometimes referred to as ‘Vintners Lamps’ as the ‘vintner’ took them down to the cellar to select the wine. The wick is encased in felt so that if knocked over it was able to live up to the manufacturers guarantee of ‘Inexplosible’.
Condition: This oil lamp is in over all excellent condition having been recently cleaned and refurbished. It comes with a wick and is ready to use.
Measurements: H: 24 cm, W: 10 cm
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