2015-12-31 / News Briefs

For What It’s Worth


A recent email inquiring about a ladies “mechanical” lamp: pictured is a Carcel lamp invented by Bernard Guillaume Carcel; patented by him in Paris in 1800. Replaced Argand lamps with a clockwork mechanism that pumped oil up to a burner. This invention allowed a lamp to burn continuously for up to 16 hours. Popular in Europe. Most have been converted to electricity today. This example has a value of between $200 and $300. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. A recent email inquiring about a ladies “mechanical” lamp: pictured is a Carcel lamp invented by Bernard Guillaume Carcel; patented by him in Paris in 1800. Replaced Argand lamps with a clockwork mechanism that pumped oil up to a burner. This invention allowed a lamp to burn continuously for up to 16 hours. Popular in Europe. Most have been converted to electricity today. This example has a value of between $200 and $300. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Santi at: drawrm@hotmail.com or 152 Spring St., Newport.

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