The number of accidents occasioned by the use of fluid lamps has induced a variety of inventions to prevent the explosions which have heretofore been by far too common an occurrence. A most effectual method for accomplishing this object has been invented by C. J. Conway, of New York City; for his invention Mr. C. forms a reservoir at the base of the lamp, into which the fluid is poured without bringing the fluid can near the burning lamp. This reservoir is then closed and the fluid conveyed by a small air-tight tube up to a chamber or small reservoir near the top of the lamp, from which there is no external opening except forthe wicks. The upper end of the1 tube is bent in the form of a syphon with the curved portion placed in the top of the smaller chamber, so that the fluid cannot pass from the upper to the lower le-servoir, but may pass from the latter to the former by simply inverting the lamp. The receiving reservoir being quite large, the upper reservoir may be filled several times without any new supply by the same process of inverting the lamp. The arrangement forms -a very cheap, safe, and convenient article, and is also quite ornamental. Gustave Sellin, No. 27 Bowery, is the agent for manufacturing and selling, of whom further information may be obtained.
This article was originally published with the title "New Safety Lamp" in Scientific American 8, 37, 292 (May 1853)