Miner’s Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick cap lamp was made by Trethaway Brother of Parsons, Pennsylvania 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-9553
catalog number
MHI-MN-9553
accession number
280476
subject
Work
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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