Miner’s Safety Lamp

This miner’s safety lamp was made by an unknown manufacturer during the late 19th or early 20th century. The lamp is called a safety lamp because it can be used safely in the presence of flammable gas. This lamp is similar in style to the flame safety lamp developed by Sir Humphry Davy. 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 lamp was presented to electric cap lamp inventor Grant Wheat by Thomas Miller, superintendent of the Kingston Pocahontas Coal Company of Springton, West Virginia.
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
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Mary R. Wheat
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National Museum of American History


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