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Miner's Carbide Lamp

Miner's Carbide Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This carbide mining lamp's manufacturer is unknown, but would have been made in the early 20th century. 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: 8 1/2 in x 5 in x 4 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 12.7 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-7937
catalog number
MHI-MN-7937
accession number
240639
Credit Line
Mine Safety Appliances Company
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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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