Welsh Miners' Lamps

These lamps were used in the Welsh mines for many years, and many a descendant of a Welsh miner owns the lamp that belonged to an ancestor.

 

The Original Thomas & Williams Welsh Miners' Lamp

jl416091.jpg (38767 bytes)ML1. The miners' lamp was invented in Wales as a safe source of light in the mines. (The danger was that an open flame would ignite dangerous gases and cause an explosion.) There are many cheaper versions of the Welsh miners' lamp, but this one is the original Thomas & Williams, each with its own serial number. Made of solid brass with a glass window, it weighs about 3 lb. About 10" tall, not including hanging hook. It burns kerosene, called paraffin in Britain (not to be confused with the American paraffin wax used in preserving jam). Comes in a really classy gold-embossed cylindrical box. $175. We are out of stock currently on this lamp, but plan to reorder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British Coal Mining Company Lamp

ML2. Brass miner's lamp. 8 1/2" high, not including the hanger. Made in Wales by the "British Coal Mining Company Wales U.K.," and carries a serial number. $95

 

ML2A. Brass musical miner's lamp plays "We'll Keep A Welcome." 6 1/2" high, not including hanger. Looks like the lamp at left except that the oval design on the front has a dragon with "Cymru." On the bottom of the lamp is stamped, "Made in Wales, Vale Metal Spinners Hirwaun." $99. We have just one of these; at our request our supplier looked around his warehouse for them. We don't expect to get any more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Areas of This Web Site
Harps     Bagpipes      Irish Musical Instruments      Celtic Jewelry      Irish Crafts      Scottish Crafts     Books

You are on the Miners' Lamp page of the web site www.harpanddragon.com
There are over a hundred pages on this web site; click on the Home Page link
at left to see an outline of this entire site.

 

The Harp and Dragon
 25 Madison St, Cortland, NY 13045 USA
 Secure telephone 607-756-7372
 How to email us
 
Ordering information
 How to place an order
 

If you do not receive a reply from us within a day or so after sending in an order, or after emailing a question, please contact us again, as our reply may have been thrown in your spam bin or may have returned to us. Exceptions: weekends or when we note on our front page that we are closed for any reason.