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Vintage Hand Crafted Copper Betty Lamp


Primitive “crusie” fat or oil lamp from North Africa or the Middle East [No. 1]

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Vintage hand crafted copper lamp called a “Betty lamp” or “Crusie Lamp” used for indoor lighting before the advent of electricity, especially in non-urban areas where access to more conventional light sources was limited or non-existent.  The lamps usually burned animal fat or fish oil, depending on location.  This lamp has a hanger and a support for the wick which would have been made of twisted cloth.   We believe this particular piece comes from North Africa or the Middle East, where the previous owner, a world traveler, spent many years.  The lamp measures 9.25″ tall to the top of the hanger x 3.25″ in diameter x 4″ wide from the back plate to the tip of the spout.  Very good vintage condition with nice patina and signs of previous use inside.  See photos.  [ No. 1] We have two of these, almost identical; the second one is listed separately.

A WORD ABOUT VINTAGE: Our inventory consists of vintage or antique items which are more than 20 years old, usually used or pre-owned, unless marked “new old stock.”  As such, there may be signs of wear and age, which we will disclose to the best of our ability.  Nevertheless, we encourage you to carefully read the description and view the photos, especially when purchasing a gift.  All items ship with tracking and insurance, and although we do not accept returns, we will offer a refund in case of breakage or damage during transit, upon receipt of sufficient proof. 

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