Reference numberMOB/046
TitleSafety lamp by Humphry Davy
DescriptionOriginal model for a miners’ safety lamp, comprising a narrow cylindrical wire gauze and a wick, housed under a glass dome, on an ebonized base.
Extent1 instrument
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsMetal, ebony, glass
Dimensionsh 150 mm
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceExact provenance unknown, likely presented to the Royal Society by Davy, possibly with one of his papers on the subject
Related materialWritten about at length in Davy's papers 'I. On the fire-damp of coal mines, and on methods of lighting the mines so as to prevent its explosion' & 'II. An account of an invention for giving light in explosive mixtures of fire-damp in coal mines, by consuming the fire-damp', Philosophical Transactions, vol 106, 1816
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8200Davy; Sir; Humphry (1778 - 1829); chemist1778 - 1829
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