Coal King Miner’s Cap

Description (Brief)
This miner’s cap was made during the early 20th century by the T.R. Jones Company of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The cap is a Coal King brand of hat that the T.R. Jones Company produced. The hat is made of reinforced leather, with a thick leather brim, and a thick leather and metal lamp bracket on the front of the hat. The lamp bracket received patent number 1,490,831 on April 15, 1924. The bracket could hold either an oil-wick lamp or a carbide lamp. Originally, mining caps were worn to serve simply as a lamp holder. As miner safety became more of a concern hats began to take on the additional role of providing protection, as evidenced by the inner suspension and reinforced leather of this hat.
Currently not on view
Object Name
hat, miner's
overall: 7 3/8 in x 11 in x 9 1/2 in; 18.796 cm x 27.94 cm x 24.13 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Helmets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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