Mining Candle Holder


This is a cast-iron candle holder that was used by miners to provide their working light. Before electric lamps and carbide lamps, candles were used to provide light in some mines for most of the 19th century. This candle holder has a spike that would have been driven into a framing timber or suitable crack and a hook that could be set upon an appropriate surface near the miner’s work space.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Mary R. Wheat

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-8180BAccession Number: 239148Catalog Number: MHI-MN-8180B

Object Name: holder, candle, mining

Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 11 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 27.94 cm


Record Id: nmah_872645

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