Antique hanging oil lamps were pendant- and chandelier-like fixtures that lighted churches, public structures and the homes of the elite during the early 1800s. They used gas, whale oil and later kerosene as fuel. The hanging Victorian lamps during the mid-1800s were popular oil lamps during that time.
While most antique hanging lamps were hung using chains, others used sconces and decorative rods. The hanging lamps required maintenance, so pulleys were attached to the decorative plates that held the lamps and were pulled down for regular cleaning. After electricity was introduced, many hanging chandeliers and gasoliers were retrofitted. New hanging lamps with Tiffany-like shades over the new lights were also made to keep up with the times.