Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick mining lamp was in use between 1850 and 1920. Its double spout indicates that it burned "Sunshine" fuel, a mixture of paraffin wax and 3% mineral oil produced by the Standard Oil Company. Often called a "Sunshine Lamp," the outer spout served to insulate the wick in the inner spout, thereby conducting enough heat to melt the wax in the Sunshine fuel. This kind of lamp hooked onto a miner’s cap, and produced an open flame.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 2 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-8945
accession number
240639
catalog number
MHI-MN-8945
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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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