Oil-Wick Mining Lamp

Oil-Wick Mining Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This oil-wick lamp was made by an unknown maker during the second half of the 19th century. The oil-wick 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. This lamp has a handle, meaning it was carried rather than worn. The screw top has a chain connected to the handle to prevent it from being lost.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, hand, oil wick type, miner's
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 6 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 4 in; 15.875 cm x 13.97 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9774B
accession number
304880
catalog number
MHI-MN-9774B
Credit Line
George J. Titler
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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