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Miner's safety lamp

Period:
19th Century
Description:
This miner's lamp was used in local pits to detect the presence of gas.  The light either went out or changed colour if gas was present.  It was capable of detecting only 2% of methane.  Later safety lamps were based on the same principle as the "Davy" lamp.  They were the only lighting underground until electricity was installed in early years of the 20th century.
Materials/Media:
metal, glass
Dimensions:
height 390mm, diameter 87mm
Source:
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Accession number:
SQRTM:1991.30
Digital Number:
SQMI005n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council