Hurricane Lamps were originally invented around 1780 by Francois-Pierre Aime Argand. The Hurricane Lamps had a special oval round design to prevent the flame from easily being turned off by the wind and to produce much brighter lighting compared to most other oil lamps. In the late 1700′s to early 1900′s hurricane lamps were very common and used in most homes all over the world before electricity came into play. Your ancestors and mine, would originally put olive oil in the hurricane lamps made out of glass or porcelain and use them to light or brighten any room or household during the dark.
Hurricane Lamps also played a pivotal role for traveling boats and trains, as they produced affordable lighting in places where electricity was hard to come by. Once electricity became more common and more affordable, companies began to mass produce electrical powered hurricane lamps. By the time electricity came around, hurricane lamps were very common in most households and they began to produce them with different and unique designs which could just be connected to a power outlet and easily produce much more powerful lighting by the use of electricity.
Today, Hurricane Lamps are very very popular and collectible because of their unique and beautiful designs, and not to mention because of their great history!