Hanging Open Mining Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp was made by an unknown maker around middle of the 19th century. This open hanging lamp is one of the earliest examples of American mine lighting. The lamp is relatively unrefined, simply a reservoir of oil with a wick that produced a large amount of smoke, heat, and oil drippings.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MT-310685
accession number
125257
catalog number
MHI-MT-310685
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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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