Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This “safety” mining lamp was manufactured by the Hughes Brothers in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the late 19th century. 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. Miners referred to combustible mine gases as “damp” (blackdamp, afterdamp, and stink damp) from the German “dampf” meaning vapor, or fume.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
overall: 12 in x 3 1/4 in x 3 in; 30.48 cm x 8.255 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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