Anything that is a mining collectable and not either a cap lamp or hand lamp will be here. There is not much now but I plan to work on finding a lot or mining gear that helps tell the story of life in the mining camps. Some items are hot links to further information. Give them a click.
Pull Up Blaster unknown
This unique machine is designed to set off 30 charges at one time (number 3). It is in good shape inside and out. As a safety measure this machine is designed to set off a charge when the handle is pulled instead of pushed. It generates a voltage with a magneto that in turn charges coils around the magneto. When the handle hits the end of its stroke a cam opens the short to the coils and a charge is developed as the field on the coils collapses. It is quite a clever design for the early 1900's.
Soft Cap and Justrite Lamp Coal King
Miners hip flask held smokes, matches, and sometimes carbide. This one has seen some use but will still open easily. The rust has pretty well obliterated the Justrite logo.
I have no notion of who made this cap and would appreciate an Email if you can shed some light on its origin. The metal clip for the lamp is aluminum and the brim is cow hide.
MSA Hardhat Mine Safety Appliances Co.
Hard Hat and Butterfly Lamp Scalp Cap and Safeport
This set up looks like a newer miners rig. The cap is made by Scalp Cap Co. out of Chester Pa. the Butterfly lamp is made in Hong Kong by Safeport Manufacturing. I included this foreign lamp for reference purposes. I generally do not collect foreign lamps .
Condition 6Miner with Zar Lamp Hand made Dummy
This was probably more fun to make than to look at. I wanted to show a hat with a lamp on it, but they would always fall over so I made a dummy. It doesn't fall over either. The lamp is the unfired Zar from the previous section.
Soft Cap and Guys Dropper Unknown and Shaklin Manufacturing
There are no markings on the hat. The inside liner is a stripped red white and blue. I believe this came from the Virginia coal country. One thing I have noticed is that most of my old caps are very small. I think that they were probably worn by children that worked in the mines. If you have any historical information Email me and I will include it. The lamp is an everyday Guys Dropper with a reflector on steroids I think.
This is my only safety lamp to date. It is a presentation lantern from a coal mining area in North Gilly France. It was presented at a Rotary Club on April 21st 1929. This is all engraved on the lamp in French. The base seems to be made of a chrome plated pewter looking metal.
The only label in this cap is a "Union Made" Upholsterers Union International tag. If you know who made this cap Email me. The lamp is an AutoLite that was painted olive drab and looks like it would still run.
Condition of cap 8
Condition of lamp 4
Calico Area Mine Artifacts Calico, California
Hand sewn ore sample burlap bag, flat strap steel ore car track, dynamite powder poker, square nails and a couple of barite ore samples. These were all found in a Calico area Mine. on 4/1/2001.