This is the name of an 1800s’ fat- and fish-oil-burning household lamp.
Baby Ruth lamp
Betty lamp. A major improvement in lighting, a Betty lamp had a wick holder in the oil reservoir that allowed oil to drip back into the lamp rather than onto the floor. The name Betty came from the German word besser, which means to make better.
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