Lamp, Carbide Cap Lamp; Universal Lamp Company; 1910-1920; WY.1988.62.1
Lamp, Carbide Cap LampAbout this object
This is a Carbide Cap Lamp which was used by miners at Genge's Lignite Pit on Coalpit Road.
Invented in 1910, the Carbide Lamp was designed to be attached to the front of a miner's soft cap. The Carbide Lamp had a number of advantageS over the old oil lamps. The acetylene gas on which the lamp operated burned cleanly, relieving miners from smoke and soot. The lamp burnt brighter, and often came with a reflector which allowed the brighter flame to be directed and give a wider range of light. Unfortunately, the open flame was still capable of igniting methane gas, and therefore was still dangerous in mines.
inorganic, processed material, metal, tin
inorganic, processed material, metal, brass
Engraved on base: 'UNIVERSAL LAMP. CO.
MADE IN USA
Handwritten in black marker on central left edge: 'WY8862'
h 100 mm x w 80 mm x d 100 mmSubject and Association Keywords
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