Miner’s Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
J. Davis & Son Ltd. of Baltimore, Maryland manufactured this Davy-style safety lamp in the late 19th century. The “safety” mining lamp was a tremendous step forward in preventing mining disasters. Encasing the flame in metal gauze prevented the flame from escaping the lamp and igniting the combustible gases (called firedamp), as would happen with the open flames of carbide or oil-wick lamps.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8762
accession number
265669
catalog number
MHI-MN-8762
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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