Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by Henry F. Pearce of Hyde Park, Pennsylvania that received patent number 258,803 on May 30, 1882. Pearce claimed as his invention “a cap for a miner's lamp having a lining arranged to form a space and having the annularly-located perforations, whereby none of the perforations in the lining directly communicate with the vent in the cap” to prevent the escape of the oil through the vent and the closing of the vent by the gumming of oil or sediment.
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Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
patent date
Pearce, Henry F.
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
patent number
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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