Vintage Ships Hanging Gyroscopic Whale-oil Lamp Light


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Vintage Reproduction Ships Hanging gyroscopic whale-oil lamp constructed of iron ribs with a triple gimbal to steady the burning flame in the heaviest seas or winds. 8" Diameter These lamps were made for safety against fire but gave a lot of light hanging aloft and were the main source of lighting on those sailing ships. The iron ribbed hinged cage kept the sail cloth from getting near the flame. The ribs were riveted top and bottom. The cage surrounds a triple gimbal balancing mechanism of spheres and pivots, so no matter what angle the ball was tipped, the oil would not spill out of the suspended reservoir in the center during high winds or waves of the seas. All the pivots move easily. The oil reservoir has two twin wicks but I don't have the wicks for this lamp. The cage is hinged for filling the oil well and lighting the lamp. It has a simple one pin closure. Great original piece. No major damage, a few dints and marks commensurate with age.


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