Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp was made by an unknown maker during the 19th century. The oil-wick 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. This oil-wick lamp has a long hollow handle with twine in the interior, lacking the hook that would allow lamps like this to have been worn on a miner’s cap.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, hand, oil wick type, miner's
mining lamp
overall: 6 in x 12 in x 4 in; 15.24 cm x 30.48 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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