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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
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
catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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