Miner’s Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick cap lamp was made by an unknown maker during the second half of the 19th century. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and in use until the 1920’s. The font contained a mix of fat and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting flame was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. The hook enabled the lamp to be worn on a cap, or hooked onto any other suitable location. A partial maker’s mark is visible on the side that reads “TRETHA… PARSO…”
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 in; 8.89 cm x 10.795 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9400
catalog number
MHI-MN-9400
accession number
272081
Credit Line
John J. Cassler
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Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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