Oil lamps Warning
The lamp must be kept out of the reach of children when it is ready for operation, burning and extinguished. In the past, several deaths and serious lung injuries have been recorded nationwide in children who have drunk lamp oil or sucked on the wicks. Synthetic lamp oils, which are commercially available, cause severe to fatal poisoning of the lungs when inhaled, which can easily happen if swallowed or spat out, even in the smallest quantities. As there is no possibility to produce a child safety lock according to DIN 14059 for historical lamps, we would like to point out to our customers that they have to be supervised. The following oils have been tested and found suitable: sunflower oil, olive oil, nut oil and rapeseed oil.
An everyday object: the Roman oil lamp
Oil lamps are mass produced and part of the daily life in Rome. Their mirror (on the upper part of an oil lamp) is embellished with different motifs. For instance, some of the central themes are portraits of gladiators, of emperors and kings, pictures of flora and of fruit, images of professions, of animals and zodiac star signs.Oil lamps are mainly made of ceramic or clay by the oil lamp manufacturing industry. If an oil lamp comes with a seal on the bottom, this means that it has been produced by a particular company.
Zodiac - zodiac sign Virgo - Roman oil lamp
Our oil lamp Zodiac zodiac sign virgin is made of a ceramic casting. The oil is filled through a small hole, which can be found on the right edge of the mirror of the lamp. In the "nose" of the oil lamp is a larger hole for the wick. Our oil lamp can be carried with the help of a small coaster. Terracotta optics, fine decorations at the edge and the zodiac sign of the virgin let this oil lamp look ancient.
- Colour: terracotta/black
- dimensions: length : ca. 10,8 cm x width : 7,6 cm
- In the middle is the image of the Virgin
- to the left of the picture is an inscription : Virgiuis (Virgo)
- to the right of the picture is a smaller hole for filling the oil
- below the picture is a small hole for air circulation
- below is a bigger hole for the wick
- left and right of the wick are two small hollows for carrying the oil lamp
Oil lamp - important artificial light source