Mining Tunnel Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp is an oil-wick cap lamp. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and remained in use until the 1920’s. The font contained a mix of fat and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting light was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. The hook enabled the lamp to be attached onto any suitable location inside the mine.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 6 1/2 in; x 15.24 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-7989A
accession number
234932
catalog number
MHI-MN-7989A
Credit Line
Superior-Sterling Company
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Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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