Haven't posted in a bit, but I assure you I've been lurking about the whole time.
I've come to seek advice on a oil lamp part I recently purchased...what I thought was a wall sconce but upon its arrival I'm wondering if maybe its the arm of an oil lamp chandelier. Here's a picture (sorry I couldn't get the whole thing to fit, but you can see all the important parts):
The two things that are throwing me off are 1) the mount (where you mount it to the wall assuming it is a wall mount type) is on the upper portion of the hinge, not the lower. None of the brackets I have fit this hinge. Maybe this means I just don't have the right bracket, or maybe none fit because it only matches up with the rest of a chandelier.
2) the part that sticks out on top has me all befuddled. I assumed from the pictures that this was to hold a mercury reflector, but I don't know how one would connect a mercury reflector to this appendage and, furthermore, if I could find a way to attach it, the placement would be almost directly on top of the burner, not behind it. The only other thing I could think of is perhaps a smoke bell would have hung from this (but then it wouldn't hang directly over the chimney either)? Also, it pivots from a 90 degree angle (pictured) to vertical.
So, does anyone know what this thing is, and how it all works?