Rosin Torch


This pine knot torch is similar to the torch seen in AG*MHI MN 8182, with the addition of fibrous material at one end.

Electric cap lamp inventor Grant Wheat’s personal collection of mining lamps was donated to the museum in 1962. Many of these objects were depicted in his “Story of Underground Lighting” published in the “Proceedings of the Illinois Mining Institute” in 1945. This torch was his second example of the chronological development of underground lighting, of which he wrote, “It was further discovered that by wrapping some fibrous material on the stick and then dipping it into pitch or rosin a torch was made producing a flame which would last still longer.”

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Mining, Mining Lamps, Work, Industry & Manufacturing, Grant Wheat Collection


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Mary R. Wheat

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-8183Accession Number: 239148Catalog Number: MHI-MN-8183

Object Name: torch, pitch-rosin

Measurements: overall: 25 in x 2 in; 63.5 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_872618

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