Antique Kerosene Solar Lamp

Product code - 0534
Sold on 29th Sep 2017

Originally this antique solar lamp (also incorrectly called an astral lamp) would have had a very early centre draft burner and used lard or vegetable oil for fuel. Some time after 1860 the draught tube was removed and it was converted to kerosene which was much easier to use and produced a far superior light.

There are two distinctive things about these lamps.

The first thing is where the shade sits. On the majority of kerosene lamps, the shade holder is holder fitted to the burner. On this solar lamp however, the shade holder is like a cap that fits over the font so that the shade sits around the widest part of the font. Once the shade is in place, the font and burner become virtually invisible.

The second thing is the inclusion of beautiful crystal lustres that hang from the shade holder. Just imagine how much the lustres would sparkle once the antique astral lamp is lit.

The font and the stem are brass and the stepped base is marble with a patterned brass break between the two pieces.

The beautiful hand blown and hand cut shade is a very faithful reproduction of the original style of shade used on these antique oil lamps.

A vintage burner and chimney complete this antique solar lamp.


At some time this lamp was electrified and a hole was made in the stem to carry the wiring. This has been repaired and as can be seen in the photos, it is barely noticeable. Also, there are some small chips to the lustres and they vary slightly in length.

Overall, this antique kerosene lamp is in very good to excellent condition.

This lovely antique solar lamp will be a wonderful addition to your home or collection.


Height to the top of the chimney – 56cm (22″)

Height to the top of the shade – 52cm (20.5″)

Width of the base – 12.5cm (5″)

Diameter of the shade (widest part) – 24cm (9.5″)

Further information

For more information about this antique solar, please feel free to contact us and quote “Product code – 0534”

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