An original 1891-1950 VapoCresolene lamp. The lamp has all its parts and is in good condition, the box has some wear. These items are not technically lamps, but rather employ a small flame as a heat source. It is possible to find complete examples, but these lamps are often missing some of the parts, such as the tin dish or Olmstead-type milk glass or clear glass chimneys. Occasionally these lamps are found in their original box, complete with instructional sheets, testimonials and an extra wick included.
The Vapo-Cresolene vaporizer was supposed to cure “Whooping Cough, Spasmodic Croup, Nasal Catarrh, Colds, Bronchitis, Coughs, Sore Throat, Broncho [sic] Pneumonia, The Paroxysms of Asthma and Hay Fever, The Bronchial Complications of Scarlet Fever and Measles and as an aid in the treatment of Diphtheria and Certain Inflammatory Throat Diseases.”