Miner's Safety lamp

Description (Brief)
This Davy lamp was made by J.W. Queen & Company of Philadelphia 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 had a depth greater than a diameter, 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
Object Name
mining lamp
lamp, safety, mining
overall: 12 in x 4 in x 4 in; 30.48 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 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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