If you have a lamp or lantern for sale you can advertise it here, free of charge. Just send a couple of photos and your location details. There are no hidden costs, I'll just pass on any inquiries and then you arrange the sale yourself. To avoid problems it's much better that buyer and seller arrange to meet and agree the sale, as I can't be responsible for lost packages or failed payments! If you can't meet, then always use shipping methods with signed-for delivery.



 Nothing for sale at present. Please check back in a few days.


This is where you can display a photo of a pressure lamp spotted in an unexpected place.

(Actually, some places might be expected, so send the photos in anyway)



A couple of Petromax lanterns in amongst the baking produce at Smith's Farm Shop, Chapel Brampton


Rushden Railway Museum, Sept 2016


The lamp collection at Rushden, no BR49 there!


Pressure Lamps International

A Resource Centre for Collectors of Incandescent Oil Vapour Lamps and Lanterns
based in Northampton, UK.
Please remember that fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, petrol and paraffin can be dangerous. When using lamps and lanterns please make sure that the right fuel is being used and that the lamps are in a safe working condition. Check thoroughly for leaks before attempting to light them, and always carry out the first trials outside. Safety is your responsibility, and the authors of this site are not accountable for your actions.
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I do not provide valuations, and I cannot advise on bid amounts or starting prices for ebay or other auction sites.


Information given here is provided by collectors all round the world who are willing to share their knowledge and experience. Appreciation and thanks go to everyone who has helped.


This is a collection of photos from all over the world. Copyright remains with the origial source so these photographs should not be used for commercial purposes without permission.



The history of lighting is rather like a long and winding road, in fact it probably will go on for ever. There is always something new to report, and the consequence of that is that I can never be fully up to date. If you know something that isn't written here then you are welcome to tell me.