Miner’s Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This Clanny style safety lamp was manufactured by an unknown maker in the latter half of the 19th century. The “safety” mining lamp was a tremendous step forward in preventing mining disasters. The glass prevented the flame from being extinguished, and encasing the flame in metal gauze prevented the flame from escaping the lamp and igniting the combustible gases (called firedamp) in the mine.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 14 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 in; 36.83 cm x 11.43 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-9454
catalog number
MHI-MN-9454
accession number
280476
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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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