Miner's Safety Lamp

Description (Brief):

This lamp was manufactured by the J. Davies & Son Ltd. from Baltimore, Maryland 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 the combustible gases (called firedamp) from exploding, as would happen with the open flames of carbide or oil-wick lamps. This lamp’s exterior metal coating is called a “bonnet” and was a big improvement in safety lamp design.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Laird Albasin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-7721Catalog Number: MHI-MN-7721Accession Number: 235039

Object Name: lamp, safety, miningmining lamp

Measurements: overall: 13 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 34.29 cm x 10.795 cm x 8.255 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-e73e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872261

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