A UK Miners Carbide Lamp

A UK Miners Carbide Lamp

A UK Miners Carbide Lamp.
A UK Miners Carbide Lamp. With hanging hook, without a reflector or the burning nozzle. Size 8″ x 3″ inches. It has its original Silver Grey paint finish.

These lamps had a separate top and bottom reservoir connected by a small hollow tube, the bottom tank was filled with the powder Carbide and the top tank contained water. The water would slowly drip through the tube carefully controlled with a small screw adjuster and mix with the Carbide. On contact with the water the Carbide would give off an inflammable gas which  when lighted this flame would give off a bright light to work by underground. Used around the 1940s 1950s. Makers unknown.

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