Miner’s Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This 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. The lamp would then be worn on a miner’s cap, with the reflector granting a much strong light than previous lamps.
Currently not on view
overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm
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Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
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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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