Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by W. G. Dowd of Scranton, Pennsylvania that received patent number 90,434, on May 25, 1869. The patent filing is for the wick raiser on this lamp seen on the outside of the spout. Dowd claimed as his invention “a wire bent over the outer edge of the wicktube with its outer portion sliding in the guide, and its inner portion bent to form an eye to which are hung the fork,” so as to raise the wick by the sliding of the wire.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
patent date
1869-05-25
patentee
Dowd, W. G.
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 in; 7.62 cm x 8.255 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-9744
accession number
88881
catalog number
MHI-MN-9744
patent number
090434
subject
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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