A type of lamp called Crusie had been in use for many years prior to the landing of the Pilgrims. The crusies that were used in colonial New England were similar in the Scottish highlands The word "crusie" is of Scottish origin and seems to have been derived from "cruse", a vessel for oil. In Cornwall they were called chills, and in the Channel Islands they were called cressets. The designs remained the same, but some lamps had multiple channels to accept more than one wick to increase the lighting. T
hey were commonly made of iron or brass and were most often used in the home or workshop. These lamps burned fish oil or fat trimmings and had wicks of twisted cloth.
Our crusie lamp is hand forged from iron and is made in Ohio.