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Tin whale oil miner's lamp. Small cylindrical shaped whale oil lamp with a removable cap and a wick tube in the center. The bottom of the lamp has a sharp "v" shaped point which has been soldered on to the base for sticking the lamp into posts or beams. There is a small air vent beside the wick tube on the cap. Whale oil was smelly, gave off only a little light, and was expensive, but it was still brighter and better than candles. Miners used lights like this to work below ground. Westward Expansion 16 History
|Early American Museum|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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