The use of kerosene was a major breakthrough in lighting fuels, and replaced whale oil. It became the main source of light for homes during the latter half of the 19th century and for remote locations until the 1950’s. Beautiful examples can still be found at auctions and sales—although rarer examples and brightly colored lamps can be pricey.
I recently came across a wonderful Smith Brothers lamp (made by the Mt. Washington Glass Company) with a stork standing in grass against a pale pink background.
It was made in the late 19th century and still very beautiful.
Do you have a family lamp treasure, or ones that you have found at a sale?