Early Melon Pattern Oil Lamp

Product code - 0654AMC

This early Melon pattern oil lamp is quite old.

It was made in the USA during the 1860s. This style of pattern was used by many companies so it is almost impossible to say who the maker was. The wide ribs were very useful to disguise imperfections in the glass.

The brass stem and marble base reinforce the dating of the lamp. This style was popular until the mid 1860s when their popularity started to wane in favour of glass bases.

A vintage burner, new wick and new chimney complete this lovely little antique oil lamp.

Although it is a small lamp in comparison to later ones, it still has a presence and won’t go unnoticed.


Overall, this early Melon pattern oil lamp is in good to very good condition.

The glass font is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks, bruises or damage of any kind.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the brass stem. It has had a hard life and has been badly damaged at some time in its past. It appears that the stem was bent and then straightened and repaired. This also occurred many years ago judging by the patina in the dents.

The marble base has fared better than the stem. It is in quite good condition for its age with only a couple of tiny nicks on the edges and corners. The original square nut is still in place and you can see where the corners have worn away some of the marble during its long life. It is likely that over tightening of this nut caused the damage on the stem.

What wonderful stories this early Melon pattern oil lamp could tell if only it could talk.

Despite its imperfections, or perhaps because of them, we are sure this lovely antique oil lamp will be a wonderful addition to your home or your collection.


Height to the top of the burner – 23.5cm (9.25″)

Height to the top of the chimney – 39cm (15.25″)

Diameter of the font – 10cm (4″)

Width of the base – 9cm (3.5″)

Further information

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