Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This is a miner's safety lamp, made by John Davis and Son, in Derby, Leicestershire, UK in the late 19th century. Safety lamps were invented in the early 19th century, and are still used to this day for gas detection, even as lighting utility has been replaced by electric lights. This safety lamp is a Clanny style lamp, evidenced by the wire gauze coupled with the lower glass enclosure.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mining lamp
lamp, safety, mining
overall: 11 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 29.845 cm x 9.525 cm x 9.525 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Dewey, Frederic P.. Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 42: A Preliminary Descriptive Catalogue of the Systematic Collections in Economic Geology and Metallurgy in the United States National Museum

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