Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This tin oil-wick cap lamp was used in the Wyoming Valley Region of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The manufacturer is unknown, but it was likely made in the latter half of the 19th century. The font contained a mix of lard and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting light was much brighter than the candles it replaced.
Currently not on view
overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 11.43 cm x 4.445 cm
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National Museum of American History