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.
Currently not on view
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, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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