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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 George Anton & Son in Monongahela, Pennsylvania during the second half of the 19th century. This cap lamp bears the maker’s mark of an eagle with shield. 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. The hook enabled the lamp to be worn on a cap.
Object Name
lamp, oil, cap, mining
mining lamp
mining lamp, oil, cap
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 7.62 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9773D
accession number
304880
catalog number
MHI-MN-9773D
Credit Line
George J. Titler
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Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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