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No Frills, But It's The Best Deal I've Had This Year

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 Posted 11/26/2022  8:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This unextraordinary little lamp arrived today from the other side of the pond, from a seller I trust. With shipping included: $30. While it certainly won't make my top ten list for the year - and although I've got much more exciting things en route - I'm pleased with the deal. Nice to know that bargains can still be had if you're alert.



Oil Lamp
Roman
c. 1st - 2nd century AD
63.5 mm (w) x 83 mm (l) x 30 mm (h)
(2.5" x 3.25" x 1.19")

Description:
Mold-made, plain discus, undecorated shoulder, handle missing.
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 Posted 11/26/2022  10:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think you are in the wrong forum for this.
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 Posted 11/27/2022  12:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Certainly a 'no frills' version, in OK condition, except for the handle..

I have no idea how to value these, but
$30 which includes shipping, is good, to my way of thinking
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 Posted 11/27/2022  01:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ttkoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
But does it still work?

(sorry, it had to be said)

In all seriousness, it's a great little piece of history.
The Ox moves slowly, but the Earth is patient.
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 Posted 11/27/2022  02:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating piece of history. You gonna fire it up and see if it holds fuel and still works?
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 Posted 11/27/2022  08:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
But does it still work?


Not a silly idea, at all. Some collectors do indeed light up these ancient lamps. But, in my case...no. For one thing, I just couldn't bring myself to do this to one of my antiquities. But also: I just can't figure out how to plug it in.
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 Posted 11/27/2022  08:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow Bob what a great deal and a really nice looking piece


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just can't figure out how to plug it in.

....
Food for thought...
A man stumbles across an old oil lamp in an antique store...
The lamp is very dusty, so he gives it a rub, and the room starts to shake, and a genii appears.

He announces, "I am the Great Genii of the lamp! Since you've freed me, I will grant you one wish."

The man replies, "Just one?"

The genii relies, "Blame Reganomics, now time is short, what is your wish?"

After giving a little bit of thought, the man says, "I want you to make me a bridge. I want it to go from Los Angeles to Honolulu so I don't have to spend so much money to vacation there."

The genii looks at him like he's the stupidest man he's ever met (and he's met more than a few) and says, "Buddy, seriously? Are you nuts?! You know how much concrete and rebar I'd have to wrangle. That would be a massive project, we'd need environmental impact studies, and permits... not to mention all the union labor I'd have to contract out, jeez."

A little crestfallen the man says, "Well, can you help me understand women then?"

The genii replies, "Did you want two or four lanes in that bridge?"
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 Posted 11/27/2022  09:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 11/27/2022  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add circusmax120 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Geez, Paul. You're killin' me. Oh, my sides hurt! Whew. *deep breath* Splendid acquisition, Bob. What a great price for such a meaningful piece of distant history. As for lighting it up: I fear I would not be able to resist the temptation of lighting it once again. Connecting my flame to the last time it held a flicker in ancient days. What did it help illuminate at that time? Marvelous!
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 Posted 11/27/2022  9:07 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice addition to your collection.
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 Posted 11/27/2022  9:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, guys.
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 Posted 11/30/2022  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A nice honest little lamp, Bob. Quite a steal at $30 including shipping.
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 Posted 11/30/2022  7:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Jim.
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 Posted 12/01/2022  08:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice lamp, I like it. I have a few Roman oil lamps, two Herodian.
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