Oldham Electric Hand Lamp

This is an Oldham Hewers electric hand lamp manufactured by Oldham & Son Ltd. of Denton, Manchester, England during the 1930s. The lamp consists of a lower metal bonnet that slid over the lamp’s battery, and a light bulb at the top that is encased in a ridged glass cylinder. Museum records indicate that this lamp was presented to electric cap lamp inventor Grant Wheat by Mr. Harry Holt, in 1935. Oldham & Son was a large battery manufacturer in England who licensed Grant Wheat’s electric lamp designs in 1935 for manufacture and distribution in the United Kingdom.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, hand, mining
overall: 9 1/2 in; 24.13 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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