Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
While safety lamps were phased out for light-producing purposes in the mid-20th century, they still play a role in gas detection. This Pieler lamp is made expressly for gas detection and measurement. The flame would have been lowered to a small height. In the presence of methane, a blue "cap" would appear on the flame, with the height of the flame corresponding to the amount of methane in the air, easily measured by the scale built into the lamp
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 17 in x 4 in x 3 1/2 in; 43.18 cm x 10.16 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-7867
catalog number
MHI-MN-7867
accession number
240639
Credit Line
Mine Safety Appliances Company
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Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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