Ercolano Vegetable Oil Lamp - 33 cm Height - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter & Glass

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As seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean film, the Cosi Tabellini Ercolano Vegetable Oil Lamp, handcrafted by artisans in Lombardy, is an attractive vegetable oil lamp that can also measure time. 

Oil lamps have been widely used ever since ancient times. They comprised a container for the oil and one or more spouts. Oil lamps are mentioned in Homer's Odyssey (XIX, 34) and they were also used on Crete during the Mycenaean civilisation (remains of oil lamps were found in the ancient palaces of Knossos and Haghia Triada). Oil lamps were later used by the Phoenicians and the Greeks who handed them down to the Romans during the fourth century BC. 

In around the middle of the eighteenth century, oil lamps were further developed in Italy when they began to be made of silver or pewter featuring a reservoir attached to a rod supported by a wide base; the Ercolano Vegetable Oil Lamp is faithful to these 18th Century Italian designs.

As well as being an attractive ancient means of illumination, this oil lamp was also designed to measure time. This is because the oil level inside the ampoule (the small sealed vial) decreases regularly; the flame illuminates the graded rod so that it can be used in the evening, too.

A round 5 mm wick is included.

Size: Height 33 cm

Weight: 620 g

Materials Used: Pewter & Glass

Ref: CT0064501

Designer: Enrico & Sergio Tabellini

100% Lead Free

All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.


Cosi Tabellini pieces come gift-boxed with a guarantee card and instructions on how to care for pewter.

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