Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but it was likely made in the latter half of the 19th century. The “safety” 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 carbide or oil-wick lamps. The top of the lamp has a number plate reading '1587' added. The bottom has the '1301' inscribed. The inscribed "serial number" of the lamp is 975587.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 17 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 43.18 cm x 11.43 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-7865B
catalog number
MHI-MN-7865B
accession number
240639
Credit Line
Mine Safety Appliances Company
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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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