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.
Gladiator fights roman oil lamp Thraex / Murmillo
The slow burning procedure of a wick drenched in oil is a very old method of generating light, which was practised in a lot of cultures. There is hardly an excavation site where findings of remains of old lamps are not made. Interestingly enough, not only simple forms of clay are recovered, but also pieces of stone and metal, which feature, similar to this model, elaborate embellishments and indicate some degree of wealth in regard to their owner.
In times long before the introduction of electric or gas light sources, oil lamps were understandably of immense importance and a great necessity. As a consequence, they had to be mass produced, especially in the great and always busy Roman Empire, and today, oil lamp artefacts are very often found in fairly good condition.
- Oil lamp dimensions: approximately 11 x 8 cm
- 2 wicks included
- usable with cooking oil
- bio package with wood shavings
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