• Creator
  • Early American Museum
  • Created Date
  • 8.1-00
  • Description
  • 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 ... more
    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. less
  • Format
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