Miner’s Carbide Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp was manufactured by the Justrite Manufacturing Company, in Chicago, Illinois during the 1930s. 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. This Justrite lamp features an Air Cooled Grip, with spacing between the rubber barrier and hot metal allowing the grip to stay cool.
Currently not on view
overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 8.255 cm x 8.89 cm
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Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
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National Museum of American History