Antiquated TIN WHALE OR SEAL OIL LAMP FROM ILLINOIS COAL MINE

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$30.00 Buy It Now
Item condition:
Used
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Item location:
Owensville,MO,USA

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Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

This is an early tin primitive oil lamp that is 8 inches in diameter, 5 inches high and has a strap finger handle on the side. There is no wick left, but the button is free to turn and raise or lower the sick. The previous owner said that it was used in the coal mines in southern Illinois. There are no holes, so I would assume it would hold fuel.  They used whatever fuel they had, whale, seal oil, or animal fat of any kind they could find. Cap on fuel tank is pretty well rusted on, I have not tried to loosen it except with my fingers. Nice old lamp for the collector. 

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