This item was originally manufactured for actual use. However West Sea Company does not suggest the use or serviceability of any oil burning lamp it offers for sale. In fact we highly discourage any attempt to use such a lamp other than for decorative purposes. West Sea Company does not warrant the condition or application of this item, either expressed or implied, for the original purpose for which it was intended. West Sea Company does not recommend, nor does it condone, the burning of any oil lamp it offers for sale.