|Swift paraffin lamp – 19th
A fine paraffin microscope lamp signed on the base, "Swift & Son, London", and signed on the shade, "J. Swift & Son, University Optical Works, 81 Tottenham Court Road, London W.C." Swift was located at this address during the last decade of the 19th century. The post is 10 3/4" tall. The height of the lamp is adjustable by sliding it up the post. The lamp is in working order, and provides substantial illumination comparable to -- and even exceeding – the light from modern electric bulb. A standing bulls eye condenser is used to focus the light onto the mirror, or sometimes directly into the microscope. See this lamp link for a view of how these lamps were used. The lamp is finished in lacquered brass, complete in its coverage and showing very little wear. The white ceramic shade has a tiny chip about 1/4" wide and 1/16" deep on the upper lip (see red arrow in photo for location). The chip does not show up very well in the photos. The lamp comes in its own wooden case with brass carry handle. Both the lamp and case are in excellent operating condition. This lamp is fully functional, and ready to provide vintage style illumination for an antique microscope.