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A Brass Lamp Adds Beauty To Your Nautical Home Decor

Fire pits, torches, and candles were three ways of lighting an area in the older days when electricity had yet to be invented. These sources of light were oftentimes very unreliable and wore down quickly. Because they were so unprotected from rain and snow as well as high winds, these light sources were prone to blowing out. Keeping the rain off a torch or candle was a difficult, trying feat. The creation of the brass lamp was in response to this need to correct the obvious condition. The light source in a brass lamp was guarded from rain and wind by the glass panes of the lamp and the metal frame that held all the pieces in place. Small vents were left at the top and bottom of the brass lamp, in order to siphon off heat. The light source within these items varied due to the time and age the lamp was used in.

During the great boom in whaling in the later 1700's, many a brass lamp was fueled by a combination of whale fat and oils. Many people preferred whale oil because it burned without a great fuss. Unlike other animal oils, whale oil burned without smell. Before this time period, many a brass lamp encompassed a small candle made from animal lard. The astounding lack of odor in many candles oftentimes made up for the fact they burned with a darker cloud of smoke. The more sophisticated candles included the honey sweet beeswax candle that only the more prosperous could afford. The clean-burning of the beeswax, when compared to animal lard, made it a very attractive option.

As the hand carried it, a brass lamp was expected to dutifully light the way. Because some people damaged their lanterns, they would often get blown out by wind or rain. The panes of glass are just as important to the lantern as any other part, and this glass makes them a wonderful decorative item. Though there are some types of these pieces that don't have a single pane, they are very rare. Most often, the lack of glass panes is a sign of an antique piece. Glass was a rare substance, and as such many people treated this item very carefully. The constant use of this item, however, caused it to lose more than just its glass paneling. A house tended to keep the same type of this item, and simply have many copies of it lying about. During this era, only the wealthy could afford to buy multiple types of lanterns. In order to maximize their display effect, wealthier people chose lanterns based on how well they went with the theme of a room.

These pieces can be used in a home setting in which the lantern itself provides a more old-world feel. Those who put these items in a working space will sometimes find the item evokes images and memories of the sea. Indeed, these pieces were commonly used on the ocean. On the ocean, light was especially important. Not only did the light provide visibility, but it also provided comfort. The brass lamp is famous for its great adaptability.


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