Davy Safety Lamp

This Davy-style miner’s safety lamp was manufactured by the American Safety Lamp and Mine Supply Company of Scranton, Pennsylvania around the late 19th and early 20th century. The lamp is called a safety lamp because it can be used safely in the presence of flammable gas. In 1815, Sir Humphry Davy discovered that surrounding the flame with a fine wire gauze would cool the flame to such an extent that it could not ignite the flammable gas surrounding the lamp. Museum records indicate that this Davy-style safety lamp used sperm-oil as its source of fuel.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, sperm oil, mining
overall: 8 1/2 in; 21.59 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Mining Lamps
Grant Wheat Collection
See more items in
Work and Industry: Mining
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
similar type referenced
Pohs, Henry A.. Early Underground Lamps

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.