Oil lamp French? Empire? Pewter? Antique?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by bluemoon, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. bluemoon

    bluemoon Member

    I bought this for 30$ today.

    The metal is really really soft and painted golden. Pewter?

    The burner says "Patent" and "Brevete" and something else not sure what.

    Information and opinions regarding origin, age, material, value and style are appreciated.

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  2. desperate_fun

    desperate_fun Irregular Member

    Brevete is French for "Patented"
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  3. bluemoon

    bluemoon Member

    This is beside the point but again, what isn't: Some of the edges had some rough areas so I decided to even them out using a sharp object. Now I started to worry, what if the metal mix has lead in it and I'm going to get lead poisoning from breathing it in or such?
  4. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi Bluemoon,
    PLEASE calm down. My BIL chewed all the lead paint from the window sills for years. How old are you? You sound like someone whose parents were really cautious. Even if you swallowed lead it would not lead to lead poisoning. The lead poisoning you need to worry about is a lead bullet being fired into you.
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  5. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    In your other thread you were worrying about getting tetnus.

    You can not go through this life afraid of everything you come in contact with. It is not healthy and will make your life miserable.

    Yes, you need to be aware and take the necessary precautions.
    However, for the most part a little bit of something is not going to hurt you. Over exposure to things is what does the harm.

    In other cases, you need to be exposed to things in order to make antibodies.

    Breathe and enjoy, don't stress over every little exposure. Those of us in our 60s were exposed to lead in paint and dishes, aluminum cooking pots, secondhand smoke, asbestos, DDT, and who knows what else.
    We are still here to share and tell you to enjoy life. When it ends - it ends. We may all go at once in a nuclear blast. Who knows, we have no control - so don't sweat it.
  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    :(:(...Oh Greg ?? why would bluemoon need to worry about being shot by a gun..?
    Are u in possession of information that would lead you to make this conclusion...
    or....r u just yankin someone's chain...??? :wacky::wacky::wacky:
  7. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Hi komo,
    Just saying it would be more likely to die from a gunshot than to get lead poisoning from adjusting a "tooth" on an oil lamp.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
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  8. Mansons2005

    Mansons2005 Nasty by Nature, Curmudgeon by Choice

    I personally think bluemoon has a sense of humor akin to mine and I am enjoying it immensely! I'll reserve the hospital bed next to mine for you. Do you play bridge or cribbage??????
  9. bluemoon

    bluemoon Member

    Do I?

    I had to Google both to find out what they are :smug:

    Now, everyone. Can we get back to the oil lamp?
  10. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Did I fall into a trap? I thought they were serious.
    That's what I get for being gullible.
    Will wait to see if they develop any diseases from going to a basement or barn sale where there was a large infestation of rats.
  11. bluemoon

    bluemoon Member

    No oil lamp experts here?
  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    they come and go.......sometimes ya just have to wait them out..!
  13. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    As another has said and as you no doubt know, it has a French manufactured burner. The burner and not necessarily the lamp was manufacturered by the A. & P. Gaudard Co. of Morbier, France (now Jura, France). It has one of the Gaudard thumbwheel designs.
    Scroll down to the France section, 4th listed/pictured in right column.

    The company is still in business today. It did and still does make burners and lamps. As the burner on yours can fit most lamps means it wasn't necessarily original to this lamp. Many times oil lamp burners were changed during the life of a lamp. This burner is probably a Matador or Kosmo. Here is a recent query on the forums with another Matador or Kosmos burner.

    I'm not up on this company, in fact, know very little about European lamps and burners. Early American lamps are my interest: whale oil, kerosene and fuel lamps & burners.

    According to the following website, Gaudard didn't start manufacturing lamps until 1902. Nowwww they may have made burners before 1902???

    I don't know the material of the base, but doubt pewter.

    --- Susan
  14. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    I do, I do, I do!!! With all the lead, DDT, asbestos, smoke, etc... that this old broad's body must have absorbed in the pass 7+ decades that hospital bed is just around the corner.

    --- Susan
  15. bluemoon

    bluemoon Member

    They made other things like clock parts before that.

    The Gaudard website tells us:

    "In 1902, master craftsman turned industrialist and a true pioneer, Auguste inaugurated the present factory at 138 route Blanche and set about manufacturing his first oil burners on the 30 drawing presses he had purchased in Brooklyn (USA) and had delivered to Morbier by special train."
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