Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This Davy safety lamp was made by J.W. Queen & Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. Sir Humphry Davy developed one of many safety lamp designs. He discovered that if the holes in the metallic gauze enveloping the flame were smaller than they were deep, the flame would not pass through. This prevented the combustible gases (called firedamp) from exploding, as would happen with the open flames earlier oil-wick cap lamps.
Currently not on view
overall: 12 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 31.115 cm x 9.525 cm x 8.255 cm
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National Museum of American History