Miner’s Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but based on its design it was most likely made 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, as would happen with the open flames of carbide or oil-wick lamps. This Davy style lamp has the interesting addition of a lens to focus the flame's light.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 3 in x 3 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 7.62 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-8810
catalog number
MHI-MN-8810
accession number
265669
Credit Line
Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
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Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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