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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, hand, carbide, mining
mining lamp
overall: 22 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 55.88 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.89 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


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