What do I have? Are these authentic John Scott brass kerosene or oil
What do I have? Are these authentic John Scott brass kerosene or
oil lamps? by Mike Partan
Posted: Mar. 19, 2010 @ 11:53.
I accuired this pair of wall mount brass(?)kerosene/oil(?) lamps
that is maked John Scott "Made in England". I have no
idea of there age or, after doing some searching online,
authenticity. Could you please tell me what I have, where they came
from and what they are for. Thanks for your time and looking
forward to what you have to say.
P.S. I have more pictures if needed.
On Mar. 19, 2010 @ 12:22, mike
Mike: Read query 1281 in the Q&A link at this site.
On Mar. 19, 2010 @ 15:12, Bjorn Olde
Your lamp is not in its original shape it has been
converted. The lamp was originally a so called center
draught lamp, with a draught tube in the center of the
fount. You can still see the old air-intake at the bottom
of the fount. The old burner mechanism has been removed and
replaced with, what looks like, a duplex burner. A duplex
burner needs a flattened chimney - so the chimney on the
picture is not correct.
On Mar. 20, 2010 @ 12:16, Iain Hunt
Hi Mike, going by researching this site and seeing
these lamps on auction sites I believe these John Scott
lamps were made purely as decorator pieces within the
last quarter of the 20th century, they cannot really be
called reproductions as I don't believe exact
originals ever existed. They appear on the surface to
be the result of a group of designers sequestered like
a jury into a room with limited oil lamp related
material to get ideas from, then putting it all
together to make a range of hybrids, hence the faux
breather cup/vent on the base of the fount, I have seen
several examples of John Scott lamps, all Duplex, with
this strange central draught type part, I doubt Mr
Scott scoured the US of used centre draught founts and
then converted them, plus the fount looks like it was
tooled from original English Duplex founts. They will
no doubt work and give a decent light due to the burner
being basically a 'proper' but modern Duplex
and not a fantasy like some Hong Kong made stuff.
All the best, Iain.
On Mar. 21, 2010 @ 10:55, Paul Benkover
Your lamp was made by Sherwood in England about 30
years ago. They are not repos but new designs that
were popular at a time when brass kerosene lighting
fit into the oak reproduction era in the 1970's.
John Scott died about 20 years ago. His wife, son,
and daughter still operate "Scotts Lamp
Supply" and is located about 50 miles north of
On Mar. 21, 2010 @ 16:52, mike wrote:
Mike: Your lamps are well-designed and have a handsome
appearance, unlike some of Scott's other lamps (in my
opinion). With proper chimneys and the reflectors polished they
will give really good light.
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