Miner's Cap Lamp

Miner's Cap Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but based on its design, it was most likely made in the latter half of the 19th century. This is a metal cap lamp with an oval shield between the lamp and the spout. The oval shield was a reflector for the flame, as well as protection for the hat. Interestingly, the reflector is an addition usually not seen until the advent of carbide lamps in the early 20th century.
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 6 in x 4 in x 3 1/4 in; 15.24 cm x 10.16 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-7724
catalog number
MHI-MN-7724
accession number
235036
Credit Line
William Henderson
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Work and Industry: Mining
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Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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