Miner's Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This “Half-Shift” carbide mining lamp was made by the Baldwin Company of New York City around 1908. 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: 6 3/4 in x 3 in x 4 in; 17.145 cm x 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MT-311988
catalog number
MHI-MT-311988
accession number
157348
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
depicted
Thorpe, Dave. Carbide Light: The Last Flame in American Mines

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