|The impatiently awaited for box from USA|
A box has arrived from USA all taped up securely. I have been VERY excited about the arrival of this box. (I'm easily excited)
|The first beautiful cut glass|
Some of you may remember (quite a while back) that I had been looking for old matching kerosene/oil lamps. The reason that I wanted these lamps is twofold:
1. To use during power outages
2. To add some old-world, simple living charm to our dining of an evening
|Four lovely matching lamps|
We had a week of extended power outages after a storm a couple of years ago and all our batteries and torches went flat and we ran out of candles. We badly needed another source of lighting using a different fuel and my mind immediately went back to the old days for the answer.
|Using a funnel to pour in the Kerosene|
Well, I have scummaged through second hand shops and also antique dealers, Gumtree and eBay, but the lamps were either in parlous or fragile condition or were very pricey. Then I was introduced to the store called Lehman's in Ohio USA. I was instantly hooked on their type of wares but never thought about buying through them because I assumed the freight would be prohibitive.
Then Christmas came and I thought I would look through the catalogue for some oil lamps (just for fun, you know...) - they have oodles of the things and at very good prices. So, I stepped through the whole order process just to see what the freight would cost and to my surprise it was very low. So I ordered four beautiful brand new lamps and had them shipped to Australia for a quarter of the price that I could get them new in Australia (go figure?!)
|The blue of the Kerosene looks splendid|
|Running in the new wicks after|
two hours of wicks soaking
Kerosene in Australia is coloured blue, so when the lamp reserviors are filled they turn the cut glass bases of these lamps a pretty blue. We mainly eat outside for 3/4 of the year and our dining room table is on the deck. The lamps will live here and be used regularly. I can hardly wait to have a tribe of people over and have all four lit up and throwing out their warm light.
I was actually expecting a fairly low-grade product for what I paid, however, when these lamps arrived I was a bit shocked at how sturdy and well built these lamps are. I also was dubious about all that glass surviving the freighting rigmarole, but they were packed within an inch of their life - (yes I have kept all the packaging for reuse).
|Turning up the brightness - wonderful.|
Lehman's also slipped in a printed catalogue.....the ultimate window shopping for simple living folk and preppers alike I reckon. I will not be spending any more this year, but gosh, it is the best piece of junk mail I have read in decades. It heartens me that there is enough folk out there buying these type of yesteryear wares to make a business out of it.
|A close up of the 'action'|
Gee they pump out some heat once
turned up - no wonder Nan used
to say you could warm up a meal
You'll see these lovely lamps featuring on and off through my posts for many decades to come no doubt.
Take care and stay nice folks
P.S. No, I am not being paid in any way by Lehman's to say any of this stuff. I am just genuinely delighted with these lamps, their quality, the shipping speed and the price.