Miner’s Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This Victor model carbide mining lamp was manufactured by the Justrite Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois around 1920. This lamp was designed by William Frisbie and features his patented Polygon system. 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, cap, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 4 in; 9.525 cm x 6.985 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8788B
catalog number
MHI-MN-8788B
accession number
265669
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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