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.
Zodiac - oil lamp Roman Piesces zodiac sign
The well-known oil lamps featuring images, like this particular replica, were very much in fashion in Roman provinces until approximately 70 AD. The way of production was mainly based on the use of two-piece moulds and forms. This manufacturing method made it possible to fabricate these oil lamps in great quantities. In most cases, fat, tallow, fish oil, olive oil or other vegetable oil served as fuel. This modern-day specimen can also be operated with the use of olive or vegetable oil.
- image of two fish
- dimensions: Length approximately 10,5 cm x breadth 7,5 cm
- upper part: two circularly running deepenings
- there is an inscription on the right side, next to the fish: Piscum (lat. fish)
- lower part: there is a larger hole for the wick and a smaller one for the refilling of the lamp with oil
- the Roman oil lamp can be held or carried with two fingers (thumb, forefinger)
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