New Additions

Over the past several months, I’ve added a few new and interesting hard-to-find items to my online museum. The most recent item is a Justrite Jiffy carbide cap lamp variety known in the collecting community as the Platypus.  This rare lamp includes the Spiral water feed, an inverted-cone flared end on the water tube and the Jiffy carbide container.  One of only five known in collections, it follows exactly the patent awarded to A. L. Hansen on May 1, 1917 as letters patent 1,224,537.  Another addition is a hard-to-find Springfield carbide cap lamp equipped with the Meyer Stein patented adjustable water feed that was donated to the museum by my good Alaska friend Neil Tysver.  An unusual Guy’s Dropper Squarelite carbide trip lamp with the rear bracket was also added along with two hard-to-find oilwick lamps.  These include the slant-back wick lamp patented by Peter and Adam Good of Wilkes-Barre, PA and a small-size surveyor style wick lamp patented by D. D. Williams.  The 1882 Williams patent was the only one awarded for these popular surveyor style lamps.  Another recent item is an extremely rare multi-compartment carbide flask manufactured by the Maple City Mfg. Co. of Monmouth IL around 1912. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in oilwick lamp to aid in the refueling of a carbide lamp underground. Advertised as the Maple City Emergency Lamp and Flask, the unusual half-moon shaped fuel carrier is one of four known examples in collections. Another recent addition is a coal and iron police badge for the Susquehanna Coal Company’s private police force, part of the industrial police known as Coal & Iron Police which were legal in Pennsylvania from 1865 to 1931. The badge represents an interesting but sad period of mining history in Pennsylvania. Other additions include two very rare oilwick lamps, an unusual patented oilwick miner’s flask and a miniature fancy candlestick. The first oilwick is one of the most desirable marked lamps, an unfired all brass version with The Boss stamped on the font. Thought to be a presentation lamp, the attractive marking includes a crossed shovel and pick inside a three-leaf clover. The second oilwick is a mule lamp manufactured by Trethaway and marked diagonally across the font in large embossed letters L. C. & N. Co. for the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. The company owned and operated an extensive system of coalmines in Pennsylvania’s Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, two canals, and several railroads and railways. The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company is credited with shaping the course of the American industrial revolution in Pennsylvania, as it contributed to innovation in transportation, manufacturing, and use of natural resources. This lamp is the only known example. The unique miner’s oilwick flask was patented by John Zweig of Bellaire, Ohio as No. 518,203 and awarded on April 10, 1894. The flask/canister has three compartments for an oilwick lamp, matches and wick and includes a capped oil flask. The very small size of the wick lamp that was required to fit in the canister undoubtedly limited its market acceptance. The miniature fancy candlestick is a piece of art made by the Diamond Tunnel blacksmith in Silver Plume Colorado around 1900. We refer to them as blacksmiths, but their craftsmanship is just amazing. I’ve also added seven sterling silver souvenir spoons to that section of pics so as to continue the introduction of historically interesting mining locations. These newly added spoons feature the Mizpah Mine at Tonopah NV, the Smuggler Mine at Aspen, CO, the Argonaut Mine at Jackson, CA, the mines at Fernie, BC, the Daly West Mine and Mill at Park City, UT, the Tomboy Mine and Mill at Telluride, CO and the Yellow Aster Mine and Mill at Randsburg, CA. I hope you enjoy the site and find it as interesting as I do in putting it together.

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