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Lamp, Carbide

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Collection RML (unaccessioned) General
Description A brass carbide guise dropper lamp. Made in the USA by the Universal Lamp Company, Springfield, USA.
On the bottom it is protected by a "Bumpergrip" rubber pad.
A lever on the top controls the amount of water is dropped onto the carbide granules which are located in the base of the lamp. This forms a gas which escapes through a small hole through the centre of the lamp and the flint striker ignites the gas.
It was not able to be used in a coal mine but could be used in a gold mine as the naked flame could ignite the coal gasses.
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Object ID RML0.800.0032
Object Name Lamp, Carbide
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014