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Miner’s Carbide Lamp

Miner’s Carbide Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This lamp was manufactured by the Justrite Manufacturing Company, in Chicago, Illinois in the first half of the 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, cap, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 4 in x 4 3/4 in; 12.7 cm x 10.16 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9546A
catalog number
MHI-MN-9546A
accession number
280476
Credit Line
Ralph Ditzler
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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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