Ashworth-Hepplewhite-Grey Safety Lamp

Description
This flame safety lamp is an Ashworth Hepplewhite Gray style lamp manufactured by the American Safety Lamp & Mine Supply Company of Scranton, Pennsylvania during the late 19th or early 20th century. The lamp is a “test lamp” used to test for the presence combustible methane in the mine. The lamp has four tubes that run vertically from the top of the lamp to the glass enclosed flame. The tubes direct the mine’s air to the flame, which will produce a colored “cap” in the presence of methane. The larger the cap, the more methane is present. If the concentration of methane is combustible, the mine will need to be ventilated until safe working conditions are restored.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, hand, mining
Measurements
overall: 9 13/16 in; 24.892 cm
ID Number
AG*MHI-MN-8137
accession number
239148
catalog number
MHI-MN-8137
subject
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Mining Lamps
Grant Wheat Collection
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Work and Industry: Mining
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
depicted
Pohs, Henry A.. Early Underground Lamps

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