MIner's tallow lamp, around 1900

A miner's tallow lamp with a hinged lid, soldered together out of sheet metal. A textile wick was pushed down the spout, connecting it to a reservoir of oil or tallow (animal fat) in the body of the lamp, which provided fuel for the flame. The hook allowed it to be attached to a jacket, a hat, or a wooden support, freeing the miner's hands for work. The open flame was the only source of light underground, but could also be a hazard if there were flammable gases in the mine.

Museum reference:
1989-231
Date:
1900
On display:
In Storage: Museums
Associated with:
Wishaw


Dimensions:
height: 73mm
diameter: 40mm
Materials:
Metal
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