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Miner's Carbide Lamp

Miner's Carbide Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This Baldwin carbide mining lamp was made by the John Simmons Company around 1915. Acetylene gas is produced when water from the lamp's upper level encounters the calcium carbide stored in the base via a dripping mechanism. The amount of water flowing into the calcium carbide container can be controlled, with more water producing more gas and a bigger flame when the lamp is lit.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, carbide, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 4 in x 2 3/4 in x 4 in; 10.16 cm x 6.985 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MT-311989
catalog number
MHI-MT-311989
accession number
157348
Credit Line
Dewar Manufacturing Co.
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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