In France, they are known as "Quinquets" after Antoine-Arnoult Quinquet

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In France, they are known as "Quinquets" after Antoine-Arnoult Quinquet

Post by jancancook on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:09 am

In France, they are known as "Quinquets" after Antoine-Arnoult Quinquet, a pharmacist in Paris, who stole the idea from Argand and popularized it in France. He is sometimes credited, in France, with the addition of the glass chimney to the lamp.

A disadvantage of the original Argand arrangement was that the oil reservoir needed to be above the level of the burner because the heavy, sticky vegetable oil would not rise far up the wick. This made the lamps top heavy and cast a shadow in one direction away from the lamp's flame. The Carcel lamp of 1800 and Franchot's moderator lamp of 1836 sought to overcome these problems.

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