Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This is an Auto-Lite Carbide Mining Lamp, produced by the Universal Lamp Company in Chicago, Illinois, around 1930. Auto-Lite mining lamps were produced from 1913 through 1960, most following the design Jacob Sherman patented in 1924. This particular lamp is dated to the mid-1920’s because of the octagonal base and large On/Off lettering on the top.
Currently not on view
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 in; 9.525 cm x 8.89 cm x 5.08 cm
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George J. Titler
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Work and Industry: Mining
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Mining Lamps
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National Museum of American History


I have one of this lamp that came from my grand-father and is in good shape but needs cleaning. How is the best way to do it? Thanks

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