Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief)
This oil-wick mining lamp was made by Crown around 1884-1925. It has as double spout, indicating that it burned "Sunshine" fuel, a mixture of paraffin wax and 3% mineral oil produced by the Standard Oil Company. Called a "Sunshine Lamp," the outer spout served to insulate the wick in the inner spout, thereby conducting enough heat to melt the wax in the Sunshine fuel. This kind of lamp hooked onto a miner’s cap, and produced an open flame.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 in; 7.62 cm x 9.525 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-8777D
accession number
265669
catalog number
MHI-MN-8777D
Credit Line
Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
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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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