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A cresset

A cresset is a metal cup or basket, often mounted to or suspended from a pole, containing oil, pitch, a rope steeped in rosin or something flammable. They are burned as a light or beacon.

Cressets mounted on the walls of Renaissance palaces in Italy were the first form of street lighting.[1]

The term can also refer to a lamp where the wick burns in a cup or cavity, which can be of ceramic or stone.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Cresset". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  Click "More information" tab
  2. ^ "Cresset". National Museums Scotland. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cresset lamp". The British Museum. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 

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