ITALIAN ANTIQUE SILVER OIL LAMPS
(in Italian called LUCERNA)

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My lucerna (oil lamp) is 104cm high (more than 40in) and weighs 2500gr (more than 80oz). The silver is not sterling but has the lower silver content typical of Continental Europe and Italy (probably 889/1000 used in Rome after Pope's Reinstatement of 1815). The lamp is in neo-classical style, with a circular base, floral motifs, and is weighted in the base with molded wood.
Italian antique silver oil lamp Italian antique silver oil lamp The oil reservoir has similar foliar motifs with four wick spouts in the form of female heads, with chains from which hang tweezers, a probe and wick-trimming scissors. The rod has two acorn and a vase shaped element to cover the reservoir. The finial is in the form of a lyre. Holes drilled for electrification are present in the base, reservoir and rod. The finial, broken and roughly welded, was repaired to perfection by an expert Italian silvesmith (Argenteria Sfriso - Venezia). The lamp is hallmarked on each of its elements (wick-trimmer, probe and tweezers included) with the Papal State hallmark (a shield with a tiara and a pair of crossed keys). The hallmark shown below is not an exact copy as I was unable to find an identical one.

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Italian silver oil lamp lyre finial: the cat on the left is SusyItalian silver oil lamp reservoir silver oil lamp hallmarkItalian antique silver oil lamp hallmark
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silversmith Sfriso Venezia hallmark Repair of the lamp was performed perfectly by silversmith Sfriso. Argenteria Sfriso is an ancient Venetian firm.
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