Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but based on its design, it was most likely made in the latter half of the 19th century. This is a metal cap lamp with an oval shield between the lamp and the spout. The oval shield was a reflector for the flame, as well as protection for the hat. Interestingly, the reflector is an addition usually not seen until the advent of carbide lamps in the early 20th century.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp
overall: 6 in x 4 in x 3 1/4 in; 15.24 cm x 10.16 cm x 8.255 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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