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Spirit Lamp - Merit, 1923 Object Reg. No: HT 8076

Spirit Lamp used by Sandor Sabo to heat his boot making tools. It was common for finishing tools, such as edge irons, glazers and fudge wheels, to be heated. A small lamp like this was a portable and convenient implement. This lamp was used by Mr Sabo from 1954 onwards, it was made by Merit in England in 1923.

Sandor Sabo migrated to Australia from Yugoslavia in 1970. He was a trained bootmaker who, when working for himself made shoes using a simple range hand tools, without machinery that many larger businesses used. Mr Sabo began working in a bootmaker's workshop at the age of 10, when he was taken off the street to learn to make himself a pair of shoes. He completed his apprenticeship between the ages of 14 and 17 years. After working in Yugoslavia as a bootmaker for 18 years, he then spent two years working in Germany, after which he immigrated to Australia.

In Australia Mr Sabo worked at the Corvin shoe factory in Prahran for ten years, then at the Robin shoe factory in Huntingdale. He later worked at a golf shoe factory in Richmond. Whilst he was employed and in between employment Mr Sabo also made and repaired shoes at home by hand. He also worked at a wire factory and as a gardener.
Small glass lamp with metal lid and white cotton wick
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr. Sandor Sabo, 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 4.90 cm (Height), 4.40 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: working life, immigration, lamps, tools, boot shoemaking, boot shoemaking industry, brought goods
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Sandor Sabo, Bootmaker & Yugoslavian Migrant, 1950s
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Boot & Shoe Making
Tertiary Classification: workshop fittings
Inscriptions: On base of lamp: MADE IN/1923/MERIT/ENGLAND
Manufacturer: Merit, England, Great Britain, 1923
User: Mr. Sandor Sabo, Yugoslavia, circa 1954-1970
User: Mr. Sandor Sabo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970-1990
References: Dictionary of leather-working tools c1700-1950 and the tools of allied trades, RA Salaman, George, Allen & Unwin, London, 1986.

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