why this product

Founded in 1884, this Swedish lighting company is dedicated to creating lamp fixtures and lighting that are faithful to the designs and manufacturing processes of the 1880s through to the 1930s. Their products are made with original machines from the time period.

This small copper lamp is designed after the portable, handheld candelsticks and kerosene lamps of the late 19th-century, before the use of electricity. The copper is polished to a sheen, while a glass tube protects the cotton wick and flame when lit.

use & care

When you are ready to light the lamp, remove the glass cylinder and set it aside, then unscrew the top of the lamp. Carefully pour kerosene or lighter oil into the base. For best results, use high-quality kerosene. If pure kerosene is used, a little soot and smell will be produced. Replace the top of the lamp and securely screw into base. The height of the wick can be adjusted slightly by spinning the knob on the front of the lamp. When the wick has absorbed the kerosense, it can be lit, and the glass cylinder can be replaced over the flame.

Always keep kerosene in the oil vessel and keep the cloth wick soaked with kerosene at all times, even when not in use. If a moist wick is maintained, your lamp, including its wick, should last a lifetime (the wick doesn’t burn; only the kerosene).

It's important to keep the wick just above the edge of the burner. If you put the wick too high, the flame will reach an undesired height. This will create soot in the glass tube that will burn the wick. The edges of the wick can also be trimmed with scissors.

The lamp can be cleaned by using a damp cloth. The glass cylinder can be washed in water and a mild detergent.

production & design

Based in Karlskrona, in the southern tip of Sweden, this lighting company has been in operation since 1884. Their entire catalogue of products is based upon designs from the 1880s to the 1930s, and made with original machinery that has been with the company since its founding. Around 12 workers are involved in the manufacture of their products, and no computerized or automated machines are used.

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Swedish Copper Oil Lamp (Dome Base)

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Portable kerosene lamp with glass base for tabletop use. Glass tube protects the flame. Made in Sweden since 1884. 55 lumens. 

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    9 ½ inches high x 4 inches diameter at base 
    (24 cm x 10 cm)
    55 lumens


    Made in

  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283828

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