Miner’s Safety Lamp

Description (Brief)
This lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but based on its design it was most likely made in the late 19th century. The "safety" mining lamp was a tremendous step forward in preventing mining disasters. Encasing the flame in glass or metal gauze prevented combustible mine gases (called firedamp) from exploding, as would happen with the open flames of carbide or oil-wick lamps. Further innovations included glass around the flame and a metal bonnet.
Location
Currently not on view
Measurements
overall: 13 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 in; 33.655 cm x 11.43 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-8769A
catalog number
MHI-MN-8769A
accession number
265669
Credit Line
Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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