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. Most lamps had a hook so the lamp could be attached to a miner’s cap, but this lamp is missing its hook.
Currently not on view
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 in; 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm x 5.08 cm
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William E. Keating
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Work and Industry: Mining
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Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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