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Crusie

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from Kirriemuir, Angus

Crusie
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A crusie is a form of oil lamp, often attributed to Scotland but probably of wider provenance. This iron example is from Kirriemuir in Angus.

The crusie has two pans. The upper one is an oil reservoir. The deep round lower one is a drip pan to collect any drops. The height of the upper pan could be adjusted. The stem is bent forward and pierced for the suspension loop.

Crusies were made by local blacksmiths and were durable and long lasting. They burned animal fat or fish oil and had a rush or rag for a wick. They were popular throughout rural Europe over a long period, and are often difficult to date.

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