Miner’s Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This carbide mining lamp was made by the Maple City Manufacturing Company of Monmouth, Illinois around 1901-1917. 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 in x 2 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 5.715 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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