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'Majestic' carbide bicycle lamp
1978.79.102
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Description A 'Majestic' carbide bicycle lamp patented in 1899. The brass lamp functioned by slowly dripping water from the rounded reservoir into the barrel-like bottom tank which held calcium carbide (CaC2, a hard, grayish-black solid). This caused a release of acetylene gas which was subsequently burned for light. The lamp lens is mounted atop the water reservoir and has a clear lens in the bell-shaped frame at front, and two roughly cut green glass sidelights. The lamp has a semi-circular hook for mounting onto a bicycle. Made by Edward Miller and Company in Meriden, Connecticut.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 12 centimeters depth
8 centimeters width
17 centimeters height
Nomenclature Acetylene lamp
Creation Made by: Edward Miller & Company
Made in Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Subjects Made in Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Sports & Recreation. Wheel Sports
Dates Use: Not earlier than 1900
Content: Exactly 07/04/1899 - Exactly 03/13/1900
Patent date range
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 1978.79.102
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