Oil-Wick Cap Lamp

This oil-wick cap lamp was made by an unknown maker during the second half of the 19th century. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and in use until the 1920’s. The font contained a mix of fat and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting flame was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. The lamp’s tag notes that it was found by P.E. Hayford working at the docks of Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Company in Salem, Massachusetts in 1897.
overall: 4 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 5 in; 11.43 cm x 3.81 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Mary R. Wheat
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object