Oil-Wick Mining Lamp

Oil-Wick Mining Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This oil-wick cap lamp was made by an unknown maker during the second half of the 19th century. The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and in use until the 1920’s. The font contained a mix of fat and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting flame was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. The hook enabled the lamp to be worn on a cap.
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Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, miner's
mining lamp
overall: 4 1/4 in x 5 in x 2 in; 10.795 cm x 12.7 cm x 5.08 cm
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Credit Line
Mr. W. R. Crane
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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That oil wick miner's lamp (AG.MHI-MT-310686), how was it attached to the miner's cap? Did it hang by the side of his head or in front of his face?

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