Mule Mining Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp was worn on the harness of a mining mule and would have been in use from about 1850-1900. Mules were used in the mining tunnels to haul ore to the surface. Some mules would spend their whole lives underground, even being stabled there. The metal casing surrounding the oil-wick lamp served to protect the mule from the flame.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, mule, miner's
mining lamp
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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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