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 during the 1930s. 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. This Justrite lamp features an Air Cooled Grip, with spacing between the rubber barrier and hot metal allowing the grip to stay cool.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, carbide, cap, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 8.255 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-8788F
catalog number
MHI-MN-8788F
accession number
265669
Credit Line
Board of Trustees of Lafayette College
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Work and Industry: Mining
Mining Lamps
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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