Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by William Eynon and Richard C. Cook of Hyde Park, Pennsylvania that received patent number 167,323 on August 31, 1875. Eynon and Cook had three parts to the patent. The first claim was “around the font is a cup which strengthens the tube or spout, and catches the oil that drops out between the spout and wick.” The second is “on the rear side of the reservoir is secured a curved cap-piece which prevents the lamp swinging on the miner's head.” The third is “an ordinary lid or cover for the reservoir, and in the center of this cover is inserted a spout which allows of the lamp being used for oiling machinery or other places when desired.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, cap, mining
mining lamp
Eynon, William
Cook, Richard C.
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 9.525 cm x 6.35 cm
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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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