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Workman's lamp; Lamp, Whale oil
Workman's lamp; Lamp, Whale oil
Resource Typeimage
TitleWorkman's lamp; Lamp, Whale oil
Coverage / Year1800 to 1850
DescriptionOval lamp made of tin with a cone shaped handle area. A wooden handle would have made this useful for workmen who needed to see inside something.
InterpretationWhale oil was highly prized from 1750 to 1850 as the best lamp oil fuel. It burned at a very steady rate, very brightly and with little smoke. Oil from the skull cavity of the spermaceti whale was the finest quality and was a major reason the whaling industry was so profitable. wooden handle would have made this lamp useful for workmen who needed to see inside something. They are often called baker's lamps, one can imagine peering inside a large oven with this lamp.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Communities and Geography; How we learn about communities; Whaling Slide Show; Inventions Multimedia Time Line; School Museum; Introduction of artifacts as a primary source; What's That Relic?; Settling in the Midwest;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 13 Science, Technology and Society;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsWhale; Whales; Oil lamp; Whale oil; United States; Light; Lighting device; Baker; Baker's lamp; Workman's lamp
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource Identifier1968.001.1061
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