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Caption Tin Carbide Lamp
Object Name Lamp, Carbide
Object ID 1988.11.34
Description Tin carbide lamp used by miners. Stamped on bottom of lamp: Manuf'd By Shanklin Mfg. Co. Springfield, Ill. U.S.A. The lamp has a cap opening on the top and a metal disc on the front of lamp where the flame appeared.

The carbide lamp operates becase of a chemical reaction between calcium carbide and water. Water is placed in the upper reservoir (above the carbide chamber). When the water mixes with the carbide it produces lime powder and acetylene gas. The gas passes through a tube to the burner tip where the gas can be ignited to produce a flame for light in the mines.
Carbide lamps with open flames were very dangerous in mines where other gases could be present and cause explosions.
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1939
Dimensions H-4 W-2.5 Dia-2 inches
Search Terms Mining T&E
Subjects Mining equipment
Condition Fair