Nelson Oil Lamp for Microscopical Use, by Swift & Son, London, c.1900
|Inventory Number:|| 51549|
|Object Type:|| |
|Place Created:|| London England United Kingdom Europe
|Brief Description:||A rectangular copper alloy reservoir is supported on a copper alloy retort stand, with the maker's name on the base. The reservoir can be filled by removing a threaded cap in one corner at the rear, near to the fastening for the stand. At the opposite corner is a collar into which the lamp fitment pushes.A pivoting, horizontal arm extends from the front of the lamp. This supports a bull's-eye lens on a stand, which is held in a screw-tightened collar.|
Lamp fitment consisting of a rounded cap with a slot for the wick and a conical tin chimney with a window. The flame is contained behind a microscope slide (.4). and adjustments to the wick are made by a screw at the side of the arrangement. Very faint hand engraved notation on side, reading: 'Wait for 20 years/ RMS +20/ Swift 1878'
Copper Alloy knob.
Microscope slide used to shield flame in lamp fitment.
|Primary Inscriptions:||1. "SWIFT & SON. LONDON. W.C."
"Original Nelson Lamp / Invented and used by EM Nelson / 18"
2. 'Wait for 20 years/ RMS +20/ Swift 1878'|
|Provenance:||From E. M. Nelson, 1930s. Original Nelson lamp belonging to the inventor.|