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The crooked cross oil lamp
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By David K
This is really worth reading!
All of these on eBay 10th September 05.
All very cheap.
See the "crooked cross" lamp at bottom right?
Now you will never be fooled by one!
9th November 2005
Taken from the emails we exchanged recently
I bought this lamp on eBay for $10
Then I saw another version of it on a dealers website. As far as I am concerned the lamps are identical even down to the fake soil around the features.
My lamp $10 AUD
His lamp $375 USD
I sent an email asking and he wrote:
It is hard to judge anything from images only, but your lamp does have the look of modern replica.
Lamps can be tricky and I myself like to be double-checked by dealers that specialize in these. I never buy them from unknown source because they are many fakes out there. I buy only from few sources even if I have to pay more for their expertise to make sure they are original.
I consider myself an expert in coins, but an informed expert in oil lamps. I just trust my experts to help me with them.
Then he has been rather let down by his expert.
I would value your opinion on this as well. Is this a lack of education from people with large antiquities sites, is it ignorance or intentional?
With that seller, being principally a coin dealer him, I think it's because the source who has suplied him has let him down. That said, I'm surprised anyone even modestly familiar with antiquities would think these real.
As far as I am concerned my lamp is so obviously a replica it isn’t funny, but when you see one the same selling for such a huge amount that looks identical right down to the clay colour and the soil deposition…well!
Here are the images of others on sale.
They are all forgeries.
Usually called the Vulcan Type, Made in Egypt, circa 1870 until now - and also in Greece.
A real expert to the rescue
I was waiting for more info before placing all this on the website.
19th November 2005
I will email him.
I do believe that the piece will be withdrawn.
It has been withdrawn from sale.
And more !
Here are three more examples culled from the internet in the past.
And yet more!!!
And there's more ...
Thanks very much.
That's pretty comprehensive.
25th February 2006
The fake lamp which was withdrawn from sale last year after I alerted the dealer, now appears on eBay.
Though with one very important change; it's advertised as a fake.
19th Century British Museum Copy of a Roman Oil Lamp.Size 4 3/4 inches long. (12 cm long). very unusual item. nicely made what suposed to be an Egypto Roman red clay headed oil lamp
Here is another type of this general sort of fake you will see fromm time to time.
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