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If this lamp is indeed a fake how have they managed to blacken the clay around the wick hole right through its clay structure and yet not the clay of the rest of the lamp?
Has any of the members, or do you know anyone who has watched these guys fake the lamps, as it would be interesting to know the science of their process.
One would assume that they would make their own lamp from clay, and then apply their own "brew' to artificially age the lamp. But why go to the hassle of blackening the clay through its structure around just the wick hole when in most cases the lamps would be sold intact?
I would appreciate your thoughts as well as the thoughts of other members.
Also, I has anyone heard of a collector in the USA who collected a huge amount of oil lamps under the name of "The Shaw Primitive Lighting Collection"? I believe he bolonged to the Rushlight club in the US and passed away recently. I believe he wrote some books on lamps and displayed in museums as well as travelling extensively as part of the Rushlight Club. I am interested in finding more information about the whole history of lighting (as part of my involvement with schools) and would like to find more about his work, but can't find any info on the web, the Rushlight club's emails keep bouncing and no one seems to know any more about where I can get more information.
From David K
30th november 2005
I'm afraid I have never witnessed these fakes being made so I can only speculate.
It is characteristic of these Syrian fake lamps that they often bear a peculiar faded greyish tint around the nozzle. Such tints do not occur in quite this way on authentic lamps but they are common on these fakes and are in fact frequently a distinguishing feature of them. I have attached a few random examples of these fakes to illustrate.
That is very interesting
Here are some more images to illustrate this.
What we really need now is some of you out there who have some of these forgeries with this grey effect on them....we need you to break a couple of lamps and take good pics and send the pics to me!
11th November 2005
In the cause of strict empiricism scarus offered up this lamp.
As you can see it has that grey tinge around the nozzle.
But the discolouration is only suopoerficial; it does not go into the fabric.
This is how it should look!
This lamp is genuine.
Sorry T :o(
Additionally, one can see something not often seen, fingerprints on the inner surface of the bottom of the lamp.
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