Mule Mining Lamp

Description (Brief)
This mule mining lamp was made by the Witherbee Igniter Co. from Springfield, Massachusetts in the early 1900’s. Witherbee started as a manufacturer of magnetos to ignite internal combustion engines. Witherbee became the Wico Electronic Company and also manufactured batteries, which were used in a variety of applications such as this mule lamp. Mule lamps were attached to the harness of the lead mining mule, lighting the way for the mule-driver and any mules following.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, battery, mining
mining lamp
overall: 6 1/4 in x 5 in x 5 in; 15.875 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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