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
Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
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
subject
Work
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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