Work is progressing slowly with the Green Dining Room but as I'm about to start on something I've not done before, I'm procrastinating although I've told myself I have to get on with it - more on that in another post.
Meanwhile I've been searching around trying to find cruisie lamps in miniature.
The double cruisie lamp is primarily a domestic lamp with origins in Scotland and Ireland. Also known, in other parts of the country as a Betty lamp.
These little oil/fat burning lamps were used mostly by the poor. The top pan being filled with the substance and a wick added. I have heard, although I don't know how true it is, that the Scottish had the double pan because we're so tight nothing was wasted and any drips were collected in the bottom pan and reused! Animal tallow was preferred but fish oil could also be used although this was smokey and had a terrible smell.
In the working Kitchen of my Silk Weaver house the central ceiling light is a cruisie lamp with a glass fixture next to it. I'm not sure of the purpose of the glass fixture, maybe it prevented smoke filtering into the room, but as it's there in the RL house, I've added it.
After much searching and enquiring of various miniaturists I was able to place an order for my little cruisies with Susan of Ashwood Designs. This is a new item created by them and I think they're just marvellous. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you again, Susan. They were also able to provide me with a choice - wick or no wick so of course I had to have both!
* With thanks to Ashwood Designs for permission to use their photograph
This morning has been taken up with me finally getting the Kitchen finished with the addition of this little lamp.