Mining Candle Holder

This is a cast-iron candle holder that was used by miners to provide their working light. Before electric lamps and carbide lamps, candles were used to provide light in some mines for most of the 19th century. This candle holder has a spike that would have been driven into a framing timber or suitable crack and a hook that could be set upon an appropriate surface near the miner’s work space.
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overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 11 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 27.94 cm
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Mary R. Wheat
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Mining Lamps
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National Museum of American History


I wonder if you have had any comments about the miner's candlestick being used to light spaces in the trenches in World War I. I have recently seen a miner's candle holder, patented by John Lindahl, that was identified as a trench candle holder. I wonder if this was a common use, especially by soldiers who came from mining areas.

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