Mining Tunnel 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 attached onto any suitable location inside the mine.

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Superior-Sterling Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-7989AAccession Number: 234932Catalog Number: MHI-MN-7989A

Object Name: lamp, hand, oil wick type, miner'smining lamp

Measurements: overall: 6 in x 6 1/2 in; x 15.24 cm x 16.51 cm


Record Id: nmah_872077

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