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This Torch Lamp is an Eagle brand and therefore manufactured by George Anton sometime after 1873 (Pohs, Miners Flamelight book, P. 241). Similar examples of this can be found on page 102 of Poh's Book. Like the Gem lamp mentioned above, this lamp despite the layer of surface rust, which can be removed, is an unfired oil wick lamp. The inside of this lamp is beautiful, clean & shiny and the seam solder is untouched. When I unscrewed the cap a length of the original wick was inside as it has been since it was made.
 
Two examples of Gem brand Torch Lamps with very little rust and about all of their black finish intact. As mentioned earlier, I believe that the Gem Mfg. co was the company that eventually took over Grier Bros. Circa late 1800's early 1900's.
 

This is the oil lamp wick found inside the unfired Eagle torch Lamp. A whole industry sprouted up around the oil wick lamps to make sure the supply of wicks for the lamps was adequate.
 

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