FOR SALE ☞ "Vapo Cresolene" Vaporizer Oil Lamp with Milk Glass Chimney c. 1888
DESCRIPTION ☞ This miniature oil lamp was originally sold as a vaporizer for the proprietary "Vapo-Cresolene" product -- a precursor to our modern day Vick's. This lamp and burner comes with an ornate stand, milk glass chimney and patent dates of August 1885-88.
In the late 1800s, Vapo-Cresolene was marketed as a cure-all treatment for a large number of respiratory ailments including whooping cough, pneumonia, asthma, diphtheria etc. The black liquid was heated over a flame using this small lamp and inhaled as a vapor in a closed off room while you slept. Marketed as safe for children in vapor form, it was actually made from cresol, a by-product of coal-tar processing and was considered hazardous if directly ingested. There is lots of advertising from the Vapo-Cresolene company is available online if you google the name!
DIMENSIONS ☞ Stands 6.5" tall and approx 3.5" wide.
CONDITION ☞ Used. In good shape, would make a great display piece. Some buildup from the cresol product in burner. Use at your own discretion. Please see photos. Colors may differ slightly in real life from how it appears on your screen due to varying monitor settings.
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