M985.167 | Lamp

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1908, 20th century
Metal: silver-plated brass; glass; ceramic; Shaped, assembled
33 x 7 cm
Gift of T. Palmer Howard
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Lamp (57)
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Flame safety lamps, which were lit in coalmines in the presence of firedamp (a combustible gas), were invented in England and used in mines after 1816. Improvements were made to the lamps throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Even after the arrival of electric lamps in 1911, many minors still preferred their flame lamps because they provided a means to judge how much oxygen was present in the air around them.