Lamp, Carbide Cap Lamp; Universal Lamp Company; 1910-1920; WY.1988.62.1

Name/Title

Lamp, Carbide Cap Lamp

About 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.

Maker

Universal Lamp Company

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1910-1920

Period

1910s

Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Illinois, Sangamon county, Springfield

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, tin
inorganic, processed material, metal, brass

Inscription and Marks

Engraved on base: 'UNIVERSAL LAMP. CO.
SPRINGFIELD. ILL
MADE IN USA
PATENTED'
Handwritten in black marker on central left edge: 'WY8862'

Measurements

h 100 mm x w 80 mm x d 100 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Natural Resources and Mining

Object Type

equipment

Object number

WY.1988.62.1

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