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.
Currently not on view
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
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Mr. W. R. Crane
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Work and Industry: Mining
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Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History