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.
Currently not on view
overall: 14 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 in; 36.83 cm x 11.43 cm x 10.16 cm
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Ralph Ditzler
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Data Source
National Museum of American History