Mining Candle Holder

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
holder, candle, mining
Measurements
overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 11 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8180B
accession number
239148
catalog number
MHI-MN-8180B
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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