Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by John Fleming of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania that received patent number 219,352 on July 24, 1879. Fleming claimed as his invention “a miner's lamp provided with a hard-metal bottom having a flange that supports the lower edge of the body of the lamp, and the flange bearing against the inner wall of the body.” Miner’s would strike the bottom of their lamps against a hard surface to raise and lower the wick, and this extra bottom prevented damage to the lamp’s body.
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Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
patent date
Fleming, John
overall: 2 1/4 in x 3 in x 2 in; 5.715 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.08 cm
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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