Wheat Lamp Battery Box

This is the battery box portion of a Wheat Lamp Model W cap lamp that was made by the Koehler Manufacturing Company of Marlborough, Massachusetts around 1940. The front of the battery box bears the seal of the Bureau of Mines with the text “Permissible Electric Cap Lamp, Approval No. 20.” The battery box is without its cover, cord, and cap lamp. This object belonged to mining lamp inventor Grant Wheat’s personal collection that was donated to the museum in 1962.
Currently not on view
Object Name
battery, lamp
overall: 7 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 in; 18.415 cm x 13.97 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Mining Lamps
Grant Wheat Collection
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Work and Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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