Miner's Cap Lamp

Description (Brief):

This oil-wick cap lamp was made by Jacob Vogle of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, in the late 19th century. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and 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.

Patent Date: 1879-09-09

Location: Currently not on view

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Related Publication: Dewey, Frederic P.. Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 42: A Preliminary Descriptive Catalogue of the Systematic Collections in Economic Geology and Metallurgy in the United States National Museum

Credit Line: Longdale Iron Co.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.059213Catalog Number: 059213Accession Number: 014982

Object Name: lamp, oil, cap, miningmining lamp

Measurements: overall: 3 in x 4 in x 2 in; 7.62 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.08 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-e378-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872154

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