This is a post I'd planned for a while back. I love oil lamps. My Mom does, too, I think. She used to have a few, although I can't swear that I saw them last time I was there. Anyway, I grew up with a love of them. I keep them full of non-smoking oil and keep the wicks trimmed so that whenever I need one, it's ready for me.
This trio is on top of the book case in my sewing room. The one in the back right was a housewarming gift from a dear family friend when I bought my first house. She sent it with my Mom when they came for their first visit. I love all the cut glass and all those refraction points mean that a very small flame puts out a whole lot of light.
The one in the back left is the first one I bought for myself. A good sturdy and functional lamp. No frills. I like the horizontal lines on it. they give a good solid grip when I need to carry the lamp.
The smaller one in front is one I picked up in an antique store not long ago. I don't know how old it is and it doesn't matter. It just appeals to me. It would be very light and easy to carry around.
Now this is the most recent one I acquired. It's been electrified and therefore serves a legitimate purpose, providing a low light in the dining room. This one belonged to my next door neighbor's parents and we got it at the sale when they downsized and moved. I love it and have my brass cleaner and protectant spray all ready to clean it up...maybe after the holidays, which have sneaked up on me?
Take care and have a great VTT. Lane