Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief):

This oil-wick mining lamp was made by Crown around 1884-1925. It has as double spout, indicating that it burned "Sunshine" fuel, a mixture of paraffin wax and 3% mineral oil produced by the Standard Oil Company. Called a "Sunshine Lamp," the outer spout served to insulate the wick in the inner spout, thereby conducting enough heat to melt the wax in the Sunshine fuel. This kind of lamp hooked onto a miner’s cap, and produced an open flame.

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Board of Trustees of Lafayette College

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-8777DAccession Number: 265669Catalog Number: MHI-MN-8777D

Object Name: lamp, oil, cap, miningmining lamp

Measurements: overall: 3 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 in; 7.62 cm x 9.525 cm x 5.08 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-e657-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872145

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