The art of dating

In historical times one such ceremony, called Liknokaia (the burning lamp), was held in honor of the goddess Naiff, according to the historian Herodotus.During this celebration the ancient Egyptians lit thousands of oil lamps around the country and in their homes.Throughout history the form and function of oil lamps has steadily progressed.In Late Antiquity and through the Byzantine Period, oil lamps found symbolic use in the Christian religion.One well-known Egyptian oil lamp was the luxurious lamp of Isis, which was used to illuminate the statues of the gods.Records reveal that in ancient Greece a famous large oil lamp called Callimachos, the golden lamp, was kept in the Acropolis Just as the Egyptians, the ancient Greeks also used oil lamps in death ritual and other religious ceremonies.Discovered in 1940, this cave was inhabited between 15,000 and 10,000 BC.

The moulding process resulted in the improvement of the quality and decoration of the lamps.

These are marked with the painters name /initials and a date - the name of the flower is always handwritten or not there. Pieces which do not meet the factory's demands for perfection are marked as "seconds".

This was done by scratching through the 3 wavy blue lines with a diamond cutter.

These pieces were sold with a 25-30% discount at the factory shop.

It is said that in the 1920-30's the factory used to let factory workers buy 3rds & 4ths for very little money ..that resulted in "a lot" of 3rds & 4ths being made, many of them having nothing wrong with them.