The Famos 88 burner is quite distinctive. The styling is old-fashioned compared to the later 120 burner, with an ornate pattern of air holes around the burner body. It has a key to lift the gallery, so that the lamp can be lit without removing the gallery and chimney. Alignment of the wick raiser knob is not radial, but is tangential to the outer wick tube and offset to one side of the burner. This is because the wick raiser knob carries a worm gear that drives a large gear. This is attached to a smaller pinion that drives the rack. The wick knob shaft is thus at right angles to the axis of the gear that it drives. The knob of the Famos 88 burner is stamped from a single piece of metal, with the word “FAMOS” and three stars embossed on it.
The Famos 88 table lamp font is similar in shape to the Famos 120 table lamp font, but the air holes for the inner wick tube are at the top of the stem, rather than around the foot.