French Moderator Lamps,Direct from the Manufacturer at Paris, in a Great Variety of Designs. In Porcelain, Bronze, and Glass, at Exceedingly Moderate Prices. [Explanatory text follows.] Agent for Reading, Thomas C. Williams, Furnishing Ironmonger, No.3, London Street, Reading.
Letterpress broadside, illustrated manufacturer's advertisement flyer/handbill, for 'moderator' lamps. Sheet 240 x 195mm, 9½ x 7¾". Rare.
Includes directions for use, and might have been inserted into the box or packaging with the product. Vegetable oil gave a clear, smokeless, odourless flame, but was too heavy to move easily to the lamp's wick. Lamps therefore employed various devices to enable the oil to reach the wick. This advertises an in-built spring mechanism to force oil up to the wick. Such 'moderator' lamps, some highly decorative as can be seen in the vignettes, were the latest fashionable interior furnishings from France.
Provenance: from a scrap album compiled c.1840 - 1880 by Alfred Towgood of Riverside, a paper mill owner at St. Neots, Huntingdon. He was also a Lieutenant in the Duke of Manchester's Light Horse.
[Ref: 16460] £140.00