Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by John Q. Lee of Plymouth, Pennsylvania that received patent number 176,650, dated April 25, 1876. The patent claims as its invention “A lamp-top composed of two thicknesses, and united by having one piece turned up and over the projecting flanges of the other, thereby dispensing with the use of solder.” A soldered top could come undone from the heat of the flame.
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Object Name
lamp, cap, mining
mining lamp
patent date
Lee, John Q.
overall: 3 in x 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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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