Miner’s Electric Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
The Koehler Manufacturing Company produced this battery-powered cap lamp during the first half of the 20th century. Inventor Grant Wheat designed this lamp, leading to this type of lamp being called a “Wheat Lamp.” The battery is encased in a self-locking black plastic case worn on the miner’s belt. A flexible cord traveled from the battery to the lamp, which was worn on a mining cap. The red case reads “Wheat/Koehler MFG. CO.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, cap, miner's
mining lamp
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8954
accession number
260128
catalog number
MHI-MN-8954
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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