Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp is an oil-wick cap lamp. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and remained 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 light 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 2 3/4 in x 3 in x 2 in; 6.985 cm x 7.62 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-8012
catalog number
MHI-MN-8012
accession number
233426
Credit Line
Ray H. McFarlin
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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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