Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but based on its design it was most likely made in the late 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, as would happen with the open flames of carbide or oil-wick lamps.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 11 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-7851
catalog number
MHI-MN-7851
accession number
235962
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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