Advert for the Clock Paraffin Night Lamp
Medium: Print on paper
For much of the 19th century, candles and paraffin lamps were the most common means of lighting households. There could be as many as 20 paraffin lamps in the average middle class household, from standard lamps in the kitchen or dining room to desk-mounted lamps in the study. Paraffin lamps had to be filled, cleaned and have their wicks trimmed after every use. This lamp has graduated markings on its side to show the level of paraffin remaining, and thereby how long the lamp had left to burn.