Mule Mining Lamp

Mule Mining Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This lamp was worn on the harness of a mining mule and would have been in use from about 1850-1900. Mules were used in the mining tunnels to haul ore to the surface. Some mules would spend their whole lives underground, even being stabled there. The metal casing surrounding the oil-wick lamp served to protect the mule from the flame.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, mule, miner's
mining lamp
ID Number
AG.059165
catalog number
059165
accession number
014921
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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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