Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This early 20th century carbide mining lamp has an unknown manufacturer. Carbide lamps produced a much brighter and cleaner flame than previous lamps. 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, carbide, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 15 in x 4 1/2 in x 6 in; 38.1 cm x 11.43 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-7938
catalog number
MHI-MN-7938
accession number
240639
subject
Work
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

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