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 George Anton "Star" brand oil wick cap lamp Circa late 1800's-1910's George Anton, Monongahela City, Washington Co. PA
This lamp was also referred to as a "Sunshine Lamp", it has the double walled spout and was made to use Sunshine Wax fuel (a combination of parrafin wax & oil), but could also burn liquid fuels.
 
This unmarked early oil wick Spout Lamp (according to Pohs, Miners Flameligh book P.97 ) was used first at the surface of the mine and then some were also taken underground by the miners. Circa early 1900's
 
Torch Lamps (also called Parting Lamps), shaped like a kettle or a coffee pot, were used at varying places in the mine, such as a side-track underground cut out. They were also used in shafts, tunnels and the porch rooms of mines (Pohs, Miners Flamelight book , P. 104).
Heavier duty and able to withstand more airflow than oil wick cap lamps, they also had a larger oil reservoir so they could burn longer.
This particular one was manufactured by Gem probably around the turn of the 20th century or slightly earlier (I believe that the Gem Mfg. Co was the company that eventually took over Grier Bros.). This lamp is unused and, despite it's slight surface rust is beautiful, clean & shiny inside. It is missing it's original hook & chain, but the cap does have the original rubber gasket intact.
 

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