Miner’s Safety Lamp

Miner’s Safety Lamp

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Description (Brief)
This safety lamp was manufactured by the Hughes Brothers of Scranton, Pennsylvania in the latter half of the 19th century. This safety lamp employs a wire gauze and a glass globe surrounding the wick to protect the flame, with a metal bonnet over the top. Safety lamps were invented in the early 19th century, and are used to this day for gas detection, even as mine lighting has been replaced by electric lights.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
lamp, safety, mining
mining lamp
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 3 in x 3 in; 33.02 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
AG.MHI-MN-9439
accession number
277973
catalog number
MHI-MN-9439
Credit Line
Franklin Edwards
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Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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