Miner’s Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
J. Davis & Son Ltd. of Baltimore, Maryland manufactured this Davy-style safety lamp in the late 19th century. The “safety” mining lamp was a tremendous step forward in preventing mining disasters. Encasing the flame in metal gauze prevented the flame from escaping the lamp and igniting the combustible gases (called firedamp), as would happen with the open flames of carbide or oil-wick lamps.
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Object Name
lamp, safety, Davy type, mining
mining lamp
overall: 11 in x 3 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 27.94 cm x 8.255 cm x 5.715 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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