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. This lamp bears a shield that reads “UMW of A” for the United Mine Workers of America.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp (with union shield)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 9.525 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8992A
accession number
263096
catalog number
MHI-MN-8992A
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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