British Leather & Brass Miner's Helmet: WW1 (Dated 1916)
Original Item: One Only! A novel and interesting item dating from 1916 is this leather Miner's Helmet complete with a Brass Carbide Lamp Assembly. Originally developed in the 1800s during the reign of Queen
The brass lamp has two compartments, the lower to hold small cubes of carbide and the upper to be filled with water. When turned to the "on" position the water was allowed to drip on the carbide giving off a flammable gas that was expelled to the front in the center of a reflector and lit by way of a flint like a cigarette lighter. The mirrored reflector magnified the resulting flame to allow work in total darkness to take place; simple and ingenious.
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This particular British Miner's helmet is of classic hard leather construction complete with canvas inner head liner and leather head band bearing traces of Makers name and 1916 date. The helmet is complete with its original brass Carbide Lamp marked "Premier" and has full manufacturer's name and "
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