Vintage 1930s Universal Lamp Co AutoLite Miners 4" Carbide Mining Lantern Lamp

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Vintage 1930s Universal Lamp Co AutoLite Miners 4" Carbide Mining Lantern Lamp - Brass/Copper Color - Empty - Made in the USA - Springfield, IL


This is a vintage carbide mining lantern lamp manufactured by the Universal Lamp Company, also known as Auto-Lite. Carbide lamps were widely used by miners in the early 20th century before the advent of electric lamps. They worked by combining calcium carbide and water to produce acetylene gas, which was then burned to produce a bright, long-lasting flame.


Based on internet research, this particular lamp appears to features the distinctive Auto-Lite design with a water reservoir at the top and a carbide chamber at the bottom. The lamp also has a reflector behind the burner to project the light forward, making it ideal for use in dark mine shafts.


While no longer used for mining purposes, this lamp is a fascinating piece of industrial history and would make an excellent addition to any collection of vintage mining equipment or antique lighting.


Appears to be designed to be worn on the helmet or belt. 


Approx. Dimensions: 4" T x 2-1/4" W x 3-1/8" D w/2-1/2" Reflector


Sold as is. No warranty from the seller. No Returns.


CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in Very Good condition overall for its age. Not tested. The lantern has various nicks, scratches with some surface corrosion and dust/dirt typical for an item of this age (see pictures). Its rubber base is dry and cracked, but still in place. The black rubber washer between the sections seems in good shape. The unit can easily be unscrewed to see inside the container. Includes a few extra parts found inside, that I am not sure if they belong to this lantern or not (see pictures). Does not include the original box and does not include any user documentation. Please see all detailed images of this listing to know what you are purchasing! 


Short Background on the Manufacturer:

The Universal Lamp Company, also known as Auto-Lite, was a prominent manufacturer of carbide lamps for mining and other industrial applications in the early 20th century. Founded in 1913 by Jacob S. Sherman, the company was based in Chicago and later expanded to Springfield, Illinois. Auto-Lite lamps were known for their distinctive design and were widely used by miners across the United States until the rise of electric lamps in the 1930s.


Release Date or Age of Item:

While an exact release date is difficult to pinpoint, carbide lamps like this one were widely used in mining operations from the early 1900s until the 1930s. Based on the design and condition, this particular lamp likely dates back to the 1920s or early 1930s, making it approximately 90-100 years old.


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NOTE: See this eBay link for more lanterns all from the same collector: