Glass Canadiana Oil Lamp
19" x 4" x 4"
This elegant Canadian glass oil lamp features a brass burner and dates back to the late 19th century. The design is simple, with a tall chimney and flattened globe-like font, typical of the period. The circular base of the lamp features fluting that becomes wider at the base, offering a visual sense of stability. Throughout the 19th century in Canada, glass oil lamps were often used to light spaces. They became common with the invention of paraffin and kerosene oils, which were more affordable and readily available than the whale oil such lamps were meant to burn originally. This particular style of burner is generally used with a wide, flat wick. Whether kept for the next power outage, or as a lovely piece of Canadian history, this lamp is sure to cast some light on days past and be an excellent conversation starter at your next dinner party.
At this time in history, across what we know today as North America, the 19th century witnessed increasing European colonial presence on aboriginal lands. Many events that have shaped Canada as a country took place during this time. For instance, the War of 1812 greatly affected the relations between Indigenous peoples, Canadians, British, and Americans.