Lexicon:Argand lamp

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Term: Argand lamp
References: The Hundred Days, pages 51, 98
Meaning: An oil lamp invented in 1782 (patented in England in 1784) by the Swiss Aimé Argand, with a steady, smokeless flame. The basis of his invention was a circular wick with a glass chimney that insured an adequate current of air up the centre and outside of the wick, which produced an even and proper combustion of the oil. This was smokeless and produced a brighter flame than any lamp before and saw major use in lighthouses until displaced by kerosene lamps in the 1860s.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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