Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by William Seybold of McKeesport, Pennsylvania that received patent number 90,963 on June 8, 1869. Seybold claimed as his invention “extending the wick-tube upwards, within the lamp-chamber, nearly to the top of the lamp” and “extending the exterior portion of the wick-tube above the top of the lamp” in order to keep lighter oils from making their way up a normal spout due to the motions of a miner’s head.
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Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
Seybold, William
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 in; 8.89 cm x 8.89 cm x 5.08 cm
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accession number
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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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