Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This "Sunshine Lamp," has an unknown manufacturer but would have been in use from 1850 to around 1920. This lamp is called a Sunshine lamp because it burned "Sunshine" fuel produced by the Standard Oil Company (a mixture of paraffin wax and 3% mineral oil). This lamp's chain and hook indicate that it was hung rather than worn on the cap.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, miner's
mining lamp
overall: 4 in x 9 in x 3 in; 10.16 cm x 22.86 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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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