Miner's Cap Lamp

Miner's Cap Lamp

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Description (Brief)
Manufactured by the Grier Brothers, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1910's, this oil-wick mining lamp has a double spout, indicating that it burned "Sunshine" fuel. This kind of lamp hooked onto a miner’s cap, and produced an open flame on the miner's head so he could see his work in front of him.
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 in x 2 in; 8.89 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.08 cm
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
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National Museum of American History
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