Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This Baldwin carbide mining lamp was made by the John Simmons Company around 1915. Acetylene gas is produced when water from the lamp's upper level encounters the calcium carbide stored in the base via a dripping mechanism. The amount of water flowing into the calcium carbide container can be controlled, with more water producing more gas and a bigger flame when the lamp is lit.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, carbide, mining
mining lamp
overall: 4 in x 2 3/4 in x 4 in; 10.16 cm x 6.985 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Thorpe, Dave. Carbide Light: The Last Flame in American Mines

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