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Little Buttercup Lamp

How did people light their homes before electricity? Below is one example. It is called a “Little Buttercup Lamp” that belonged to my great-great-grandmother. It dates to the 19th century. The lamp was filled with kerosene and carried around the house. The light was increased or decreased by raising or lowering the wick. Since it is in excellent condition and still has the glass intact, it’s worth somewhere around $50 – $100. Of course, none of our pack-rat treasures are for sale.  Rita



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