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Ball and Peg
Postcard Showing English Coal Miners with Ball and Peg Lamps
  Ball and Peg Disassembled.jpg - BALL AND PEG LAMP - The ball and peg was a regionally-used English oil wick cap lamp that was popular in the Welsh anthracite coalfields from the 1850s through the early part of the 20th century. The lamp consisted of a bulbous tin or brass oil reservoir (ball) with wick that screwed onto a hollow tin or brass handle (peg) that was affixed to the miner’s cap by a loop to hold the handle. Today these lamps are quite rare although collectors should be cautiously aware that modern reproductions are being touted and sold as authentic. The spherical ball was equipped with screw threads at both the top and bottom. A threaded closed tube (peg) could be attached to the bottom as a handle or to the top to cover the wick so the lamp could be carried in the miner’s pocket to avoid spilling fuel. The lamp shown is all steel except for the brass threads on the ball and peg and a brass cap inside the peg. The height is 5 in. with a ball consisting of two half spheres 2 1/4 in. in diameter which are joined at a seam that is crimped and soldered about the circumference of the ball. A 2 3/8 in. peg can be screwed to the bottom of the ball or to the wick top. This lamp was formerly in the collections of Nick Carruth and Tony Moon. See Johnson, Eureka, October 2008  
Ball and Peg with Wick Covered
Ball and Peg Closeup of Ball
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Ball and Peg Disassembled | BALL AND PEG LAMP - The ball and peg was a regionally-used English oil wick cap lamp that was popular in the Welsh anthracite coalfields from the 1850s through the early part of the 20th century. The lamp consisted of a bulbous tin or brass oil reservoir (ball) with wick that screwed onto a hollow tin or brass handle (peg) that was affixed to the miner’s cap by a loop to hold the handle. Today these lamps are quite rare although collectors should be cautiously aware that modern reproductions are being touted and sold as authentic. The spherical ball was equipped with screw threads at both the top and bottom. A threaded closed tube (peg) could be attached to the bottom as a handle or to the top to cover the wick so the lamp could be carried in the miner’s pocket to avoid spilling fuel. The lamp shown is all steel except for the brass threads on the ball and peg and a brass cap inside the peg. The height is 5 in. with a ball consisting of two half spheres 2 1/4 in. in diameter which are joined at a seam that is crimped and soldered about the circumference of the ball. A 2 3/8 in. peg can be screwed to the bottom of the ball or to the wick top. This lamp was formerly in the collections of Nick Carruth and Tony Moon. See Johnson, Eureka, October 2008 Download Original Image
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