Oldham Electric Hand Lamp


This is an Oldham Hewers electric hand lamp manufactured by Oldham & Son Ltd. of Denton, Manchester, England during the 1930s. The lamp consists of a lower metal bonnet that slid over the lamp’s battery, and a light bulb at the top that is encased in a ridged glass cylinder. Museum records indicate that this lamp was presented to electric cap lamp inventor Grant Wheat by Mr. Harry Holt, in 1935. Oldham & Son was a large battery manufacturer in England who licensed Grant Wheat’s electric lamp designs in 1935 for manufacture and distribution in the United Kingdom.

Location: Currently not on view

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


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Related Publication: Pohs, Henry A.. Early Underground Lamps

Credit Line: Mary R. Wheat

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-MN-8136Accession Number: 239148Catalog Number: MHI-MN-8136

Object Name: lamp, hand, mining

Measurements: overall: 9 1/2 in; 24.13 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-d824-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_872665

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