Price List for Lamp Wicks from WM. Thatcher

14 Aug

This is a price list for lamp wicks from WM. Thatcher which was based at 3 Scholes Street/ Tib Street.

The price list is not dated and there is little information on WM Thatcher.

Argand Lamp - 1784

Grey Argand a type of wick whose name was taken from Swiss chemist Aimé Argand, who in 1784 patented the Argand Oil Lamp in Switzerland. The Argand Oil Lamp was to be first in a series which revolutionized lighting, essentially redesigning the way in which the wick was placed within the oil lamps, using a wide flat wick formed into a cylinder around a glass chimney which allowed air to flow more easily and therefore boost the efficiency of the oil burning. The Argand Oil Lamps were in widespread use until 1850 when Kerosene Gaslights began to replace them. However, the dangers of the lights were very evident in Manchester at the time as in most of the cities at the turn of the century. The deaths were caused by the burning lamps were due to many households didn’t have gas or electricity.

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