This brass miner's lamp was manufactured by the Universal Lamp Co. of Chicago, Illinois. This one has been used, it has a few dings and some carbon residue on the light reflector, but it survives in good condition. Calcium carbide was placed i. The lower chamber and water in the upper. A controlled drip of water produced acetylene gas that was burned to provide the illuminating light without electricity. Measurements are approximately 4 inches high and 2 inches in diameter. The reflector is 25 inches in diameter. There is a brass hook to affix the lamp to the miner's cap (no hardhats in those days). The top has a dial of sorts to control the amount of light. The plug to the water chamber is intact and works well. The bottom chamber is threaded for easy access. The reflector has a sparking wheel and the wick adjusts with a wing nut. This piece is embossed with: Auto-Lite on the top. The bottom is embossed "Made in U.S.A. Auto-Lite Patented Universal Lamp Co." The Universal Lamp Company made these miner's lamps from 1914 until 1960. The age of this lamp is unknown.
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