- the fuel would not have lasted too long. The handle made it easy to carry, and the broad base kept it from spilling.
- Whale oil was highly prized from 1750 to 1850 as the best lamp oil fuel. It burned at a very steady rate, very brightly and with little smoke. Oil from the skull cavity of the spermaceti whale was the finest quality and was a major reason the whaling industry was so profitable. A small tin lamp like this was undoubtedly used to go from living space to bedchamber. The reservoir is very small