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Gaudard Oil Lamps

In 1869, Auguste Gaudard set up his first die stamping shop in the Jura region of France.  In 1902, a modern factory was established in Morbier, France with 30 draw presses that were purchased in Brooklyn, New York, and Auguste began production of his first oil lamps.  Since then, the factory has been in continuous operation under five generations of the Gaudard family.  Today, the Gaudard Factory produces some of the finest oil lamps and burners made using modern machinery with only the best raw materials and strict quality control at every stage of the process. The finishing touches are still done by craftsmen just as was done over 100 years ago. 

Our stunning selection of Gaudard lamps will compliment any decor and will give any space a warm and cozy glow and are perfect for creating a romantic mood.  Whether used for their soothing affect, or as an emergency backup or alternative to electric lights, a Kosmos Lamp is easy to operate, and is safe to use with standard lamp oil, kerosene, or synthetic kerosene.


All of the lamps in our line are easy to operate and come wicked and ready to add oil and use.  Minimal care will ensure many years of trouble free use.  To insure continued satisfaction and “Like New” operation, we recommend replacing the wick annually.

Kosmos Oil Lamp operating tips.

 1.  We recommend using regular clear lamp oil, clear 150° kerosene, or synthetic kerosene only.  Paraffin oil in the U.S.A. (Ultra-Pure, Nowell’s, etc.,) has a flash point over 250°, and will not burn properly and will clog the wick in a Kosmos Lamp.  Once the wick is clogged, it must be replaced.

 2.   Remove the chimney and carefully unscrew the burner, being careful not to use the burner stem or thumbwheel as a lever.  Even trimming of the wick is important and is most easily accomplished by exposing a bit of DRY wick above the wick tube, adjusting wick so it is even all around, and burning the wick dry until it is evenly consumed all around.

3.   Fill the oil container approximately 90% full with standard lamp oil, (not paraffin.) It is also important to keep the lamp no less than 1/3 full If the fuel level is too low, the flame will begin consuming the wick.

4.   Screw the burner back on to the oil container and let the wick become fully saturated – approximately 30 minutes – before lighting the lamp.

5. Light at minimal flame, quickly replace the chimney and keep the flame low for a few minutes until the cold glass has had time to warm to prevent the chimney from cracking, then adjust the flame to the desired level.  (Flame at highest level should be around 1” tall.)

6. Lamps direct heat upwards so allow at least 24” clearance above chimney to combustible surfaces.  Use a smoke bell to help deflect ascending heat.

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