Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief):

This lamp is an oil-wick cap lamp. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and remained in use until the 1920’s. The font contained a mix of fat and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting light was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. The hook enabled the lamp to be worn on a cap, or hooked onto any other suitable location.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.289440Catalog Number: 289440Accession Number: 059128

Object Name: lamp, oil, cap, miner'smining lamp

Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 in x 1 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 10.16 cm x 4.445 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-ad7a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872068

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