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
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.
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