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.
Currently not on view
overall: 15 in x 4 1/2 in x 6 in; 38.1 cm x 11.43 cm x 15.24 cm
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Credit Line
Mine Safety Appliances Company
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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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