Miner's Safety Lamp

Miner's Safety Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This lamp was manufactured by J.W. Queen and Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the latter half of the 19th century. The “safety” mining lamp was a tremendous step forward in preventing mining disasters. Encasing the flame in glass or metal gauze prevented combustible mine gases (called firedamp) from exploding, which would happen with the open flames in oil-wick cap lamps.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 3 in x 2 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 7.62 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9795
catalog number
MHI-MN-9795
accession number
023416
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Work and Industry: Mining
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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