Lace-maker’s lamp

Glass globes filled with water were used as a lens to intensify the light of a candle and direct the beam on to the pillow. A diamond-engraved inscription ‘Herbert’ indicates that this lamp was probably used by Ellen Herbert of 5 Cathedral Close. It may have been purchased from Hinton Lake, 43 High Street, Exeter.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
173/1998
Collection Class
Glass
Material
glass
Common Name
Lace-maker’s lamp
Simple Name
lamp
Inscription Transcription
H LAKE / 43 High St. / EXETER; HJ Lake / Herbert / HL / WJ
Period Classification
William IV (1830-1837); Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Year Low
1835
Production Year High
1850

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Lace-maker’s lamp or ‘flash’, Exeter