Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This “bulging waist” carbide mining lamp was made by the Baldwin Company of New York City during the early 20th century. 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
overall: 4 in x 4 in x 2 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.715 cm
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Credit Line
Dewar Manufacturing Co.
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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