Carbide Mining Lamp

Carbide Mining Lamp

Description (Brief)
This carbide mining lamp was made by an unknown maker during the early 20th century. This lamp was meant to be hung or hand-held, rather than worn on a cap. In carbide lamps, acetylene gas is produced when water from the lamp's upper level encounters the calcium carbide stored in the base via a dripping mechanism. The amount of water flowing into the calcium carbide container can be controlled, with more water producing more gas and a bigger flame when the lamp is lit.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 22 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 55.88 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9767
accession number
304880
catalog number
MHI-MN-9767
Credit Line
George J. Titler
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Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History