This rare gasoline vapor sconce hails from c. 1905. Though it is unsigned, it was likely made by either the Sun Vapor Street Light Company or The Best Company, both of which were located in Canton, Ohio in the early 1900s. It’s made of brass with a Japanning finish. Its unusual design allowed gasoline to be stored in the canister at the top, fed to the burner by gravity, and then vaporized to light the lanterns. Needless to say, there were a lot of fires back in the day, and this design wasn’t around for long. We rescued this piece, converted it to electric, and added a vintage gas shade with a Greek key design to complete it.
This piece would be perfect in an entryway, bathroom, bedroom, hallway, library, office, etc. It measures 21″ high by 7″ across the shade and canister by 10″ deep. It’s newly wired with a ground wire added. A wall switch is required to operate it.
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