Oil-Wick Miner’s Lamp Patent Model

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp is a patent model constructed by John O. Davies, John O. Jones, and Timothy Thomas of Plymouth, Pennsylvania that received patent number 220,582 on October 14, 1879. The patent claims as its invention “a miner's lamp consisting of an outer shell or cup, having a wick-tube and main wick combined with an oil-reservoir adapted to fit within said outer shell or cup, and having a perforated screw-cap in its bottom through which a supplemental feeding-wick passes.” The lamp kept the oil in a separate interior container to help prevent combustion.
Davies, John O.
Jones, John O.
Thomas, Timothy
overall: 3 in x 4 in x 2 in; 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.08 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
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Mining Lamps
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National Museum of American History


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