Perkins and House Safety Lamp
Perkins and House Safety Lamp by Bryan Cosby
Posted: Sep. 02, 2008 @ 09:01.
My wife picked this up at a garage sale last weekend for $2. I am
curious about the approximate time when these were made. I cleaned
it up,(Nasty fuel still in it!) the burner and fuel cap were a
little stuck, put in a new wick and it burns really nice. Better
than any of the newer lamps that I have.
Here is a link to a photo site that has all the pictures I have so
I would be happy to take others if you want.
On Sep. 02, 2008 @ 13:57, Heinz Baumann
Hello Bryan - Congratulation to your acquisition of a Perkins &
House lamp. What you have is the larger size font that has been
used either in combination with a hanging lamp fixture or with
a table lamp base. In either case, the font is placed into a
receiving cup and is held in place by a brass wire engaging the
ring with the radial slots at the bottom of your font. The
company was very effective in marketing their lamps in the time
period from 1870 to about 1900. The same lamp type was
continued to be made and sold by E. Miller into early 20th
century, often without reference to Perkins & House. One of the
safety features of the lamp you probably have detected is
inside of the filler tube: an insert of rolled-up corrugated
sheet iron. This plug allows one to fill the font, but is meant
to serves as vapor barrier. Since the font is already over 100
years old, this plug can be corroded to a degree that is will
block the filling tube. I hope that you will be successful in
completing the lamp. Heinz
On Sep. 02, 2008 @ 14:20, Bryan Cosby
Thank you for the information Heinz.
Your saying that it was made sometime between 1870 and 1900?
Wow! That's older than I thought, my guess was 1920's
I did find some information today about the internal vapor
barrier cup you mentioned, which solved a question I had
about the loose piece inside the font. I quess that's
lucky for me or otherwise it would most likely been plugged
with gum & varnish. The lamp burns great, I have lit it every
night since she brought it home Friday.
On Sep. 02, 2008 @ 15:19, Mike Dolan wrote:
Hello Bryan, go up to the taskbar at the page top, and click
Links. Dan Edminster's "Lampworks" has a history of
the Co. See the site map and go to Company history,
The Cleveland Non-Explosive Lamp Co. is what you want. Mike
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