Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp was manufactured by J.W. Queen and Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the latter half of the 19th century. The “safety” mining lamp was a tremendous step forward in preventing mining disasters. Encasing the flame in glass or metal gauze prevented combustible mine gases (called firedamp) from exploding, which would happen with the open flames in oil-wick cap lamps.
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Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 in x 2 in; 11.43 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 11 in x 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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