Lombardia Paraffin Lamp - 30 cm Height - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter, Brass & Glass
With all the modernity of use for the 21st Century, yet handcrafted in a small pewter workshop in Lombardy, Italy, this traditional paraffin lamp looks like it could have been made several hundred years ago. The classic pewter base is attractively compact, sturdy and solid. This attractive, yet modest looking lamp, creates a similarly understated yet attractive lighting that will enhance the ambience of any room.
The "heart" of a paraffin (or kerosene as it's known outside the UK) lamp is its burner. The flame is generated by the combustion of the oxygen contained in the air; studies and empirical testing led to the production of models that could adjust the amount of oxygen fed to the flame. The holes at the base and around the burners, which often reproduce decorative patterns, were necessary air inlets without which the flame would have gone out for lack of oxygen. The glass chimney has two functions: the first is to create a rising current of air, the second to protect the flame from going out by accident.
Cosi Tabellini paraffin lamps use "Kosmos" (patented in 1865 by the German company Wild & Wessel in the UK) burners made in France by a century-old specialist manufacturer using a solid brass alloy and are considered to be the finest burners made.
Oil Lamp Operating Tips
1. We recommend using clear lamp oil which contains paraffin. Be careful in handling lamp oil and do not attempt to fill / refill the lamp near a naked flame.
2. Remove the chimney and carefully unscrew the burner, but be careful not to use the burner stem or thumbwheel as a lever.
3. Before filling with oil, the wick needs to be evenly trimmed before use.
4. Fill the oil container so that it is about 90% full (the lamp should never be less than 1/3 full, otherwise the flame will begin consuming the wick).
5. Screw the burner back on to the oil container and let the wick become fully saturated. This will take c30 minutes. The wick can then be lit.
6. Light the wick at minimal flame, and then quickly replace the chimney and keep the flame low for a few minutes until the cold glass has had time to warm up. If this is not carried out there is a chance the chimney will crack. Once warmed up, adjust the flame to the desired level. The highest level of the flame should be around 2.5 cm / 1” tall.
7. IMPORTANT. Lamps generate a lot of heat directly upwards, so for safety sake allow a minimum of 80 cm clearance above the chimney to combustible surfaces, as well as ensuring there are no near surfaces laterally. Do not place the lamp where it can be knocked over.
A 40 mm wick is included.
Size: Height 30 cm
Materials Used: Pewter, Brass, Glass
Designers: Enrico Cosi & Sergio Tabellini
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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.