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Lamplighters (8505)

I bought a whole collection of lamplighters I canes, all different. They, however, all do the same things. They light the wick, turn up the wick, have storage for, either kerocine or candle, and are about 3' tall. Dike has one exactly like one in the collection, # 20/22 in cane curiosia. The rest are all just a variation of that one. These are really quite rare and I would like to see them all stay together. This is the first time any of these have been offered, and I have never seen any like them sold in any of the auctions. What makes them rare is the fuel storage. There are lots of candle lighters with smoke bells, they are used in churches, but not wick raisers with fuel storage, as that was a profession in most cities in the late 1800's.By the early 1900's electric lights and gas lights eliminated kerocene, which had a wick that had to be trimed and replaced at regular intervals. It was very labor intensive to keep those lamps working. After they were eliminated, most of the lighters were thrown away, as there was no longer any practical use for them. Very few have survived, doesn't that want you to keep them and the story together. See the rest of the story on why buying these could be a real money maker for you in Beyond Dike #8809. After reading it, you might even want to open a museum or become a cane dealer. Also see 8222, 8353, 8352.

Category: Gadget
Sub Category: Occupational - Tools

Price : $750.00 - In US Dollars

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