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Miner’s Cap Lamp

Miner’s Cap 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. It has as double spout, indicating that it burned "Sunshine" fuel, a mixture of paraffin wax and 3% mineral oil produced by the Standard Oil Company. Called a "Sunshine Lamp," the outer spout served to insulate the wick in the inner spout, thereby conducting enough heat to melt the wax in the Sunshine fuel. This kind of lamp hooked onto a miner’s cap, and produced an open flame.
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 3 in x 1 3/4 in; 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9660
catalog number
MHI-MN-9660
accession number
292877
Credit Line
George Bendelari
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Industry & Manufacturing
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Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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