Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick cap lamp is a patent model constructed by John H. Gable of Shamokin, Pennsylvania that received patent number 217,791 on July 22, 1879. Gable’s claim in the patent filing is a miner's lamp “having a rear attachment-hook, a transversely-flattened spout-burner that extends upward from the front of the body, having a small diameter in the plane of the hook, and spreading laterally to form a flame thin at the sides and broad in front.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
Gable, John H.
overall: 4 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 8.89 cm x 3.81 cm
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accession number
catalog 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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