Miner’s Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick cap lamp was made by an unknown maker during the second half of the 19th 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 tag calls this a “boss lamp,” and the hook on this lamp is larger than most, and was likely used to hold the lamp rather than hook it onto a cap.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, boss
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 13.97 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MT-3378
accession number
014851
catalog number
MHI-MT-3378
subject
Work
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
listed
Dewey, Frederic P.. Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 42: A Preliminary Descriptive Catalogue of the Systematic Collections in Economic Geology and Metallurgy in the United States National Museum

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