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  • Antiques Roadshow


    Antiques Roadshow is a British television programme in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom (and occasionally in other countries) to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running since 1979, based on a 1977 documentary programme. The programme has spawned versions in other countries with the same TV format, including Canada and the United States. As of 2018 it is in its 40th series and is currently presented by Fiona Bruce.

  • Oil lamp


    Group of ancient lamps (Hellenistic and Roman) Simple contemporary Indian clay oil lamp during Diwali Antique bronze oil lamp with the "Chi Rho", a Christian symbol (replica) Sukunda oil lamp of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal Oil lamp of Korea Modern Oil lamp of Germany with flat wick An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source. The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and continues to this day, although not commonly anymore. Oil lamps are a form of lighting, and were used as an alternative to candles before the use of electric lights. Starting in 1780, the Argand lamp quickly replaced other oil lamps still in their basic ancient form. These in turn were replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850. In small towns and rural areas the latter continued in use well into the 20th century, until such areas were finally electrified and light bulbs could be used. Sources of fuel for oil lamps include a wide variety of plants such as nuts (walnuts, almonds) and seeds (sesame, olive, castor, flax). Also widely used were animal fats (butter, fish oil, shark liver, whale blubber, seals).

  • Chandelier


    Underside of a chandelier, Valencia town hall Early 19th-century French cut-glass and ormolu chandelier in the Green Room of the White House A chandelier in Sayyidah Ruqayya Mosque, Damascus, Syria A five-tier wedding cake chandelier with a crystal top Chandeliers on a large billiard hall. A chandelier (; also known as girandole, candelabra lamp, or least commonly suspended lights) is a branched ornamental light fixture designed to be mounted on ceilings or walls. Chandeliers are often ornate, and normally use incandescent light bulbs, though some modern designs also use fluorescent lamps and recently LEDs.Classic chandeliers have arrays of hanging crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light, while contemporary chandeliers assume a more minimalist design that does not contain prisms and illuminate a room with direct light from the lamps, sometimes also equipped with translucent glass covering each lamp. Modern chandeliers have a more modernized design that uses LEDs, and combines the elements of both classic and contemporary designs; some also equipped with refractive crystal prisms or small mirrors.

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