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. 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. This lamp bears a shield that reads “UMW of A” for the United Mine Workers of America.
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Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp (with union shield)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 9.525 cm x 3.81 cm
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Credit Line
William E. Keating
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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