Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This is a copper oil-wick cap lamp made by J&A McDougall of Pittston, Pennsylvania likely in the latter half of the 20th century. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and 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 flame was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. The hook enabled the lamp to be worn on a cap, or hooked onto any other suitable location.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 11.43 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG*059073
catalog number
059073
accession number
014851
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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