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 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. This lamp has the inscription “J.C. MARSHALL'S PATENT JAN 4th 1876” on one side, and "CHARLES WAGNER" on the other.
overall: 3 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 7.62 cm x 6.985 cm x 4.445 cm
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Elvin W. Keith
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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