Miners' Lamps as Home Accessories
Made by E. Thomas & Williams, Ltd. of Aberdare, South Wales.
In continuous production since 1860.
A traditional piece of mining history makes a superb award, or gift, for today.
Unique, High Quality
A thoroughly efficient safety lamp is not a mere mechanical contrivance for giving light in a coal mine. It is an instrument constructed in accordance with established laws of physical science. It ensures the burning of a protected flame in the presence of explosive gas, by regulating the necessary supply of atmospheric air, and by allowing the products of combustion to pass through without igniting the gaseous atmosphere. If the atmosphere is so heavily charged that noxious gas enters the lamp, its presence will be indicated by a change in the length and color of the flame, and (unless there are exceptional circumstances), the miner has sufficient warning to secure his safety.
The principles on which a thoroughly efficient safety lamp is constructed are practical, not theoretical. The component parts must all be in direct ratio. This ratio has been so accurately determined by practical tests, that any deviation from the established standards will adversely affect either the illuminating capacity of the lamp or its value as an indicator of danger.
An Impressive Heritage
The Welsh Miners’ Lamps were ingeniously designed over 180 years ago to alert coal miners to danger. Since that time, they have been made with meticulous care for use in deep pit mines and oil riggers. Now yours to cherish, collect, and give as a beautiful and authentic piece of mining history.
Countless miners depended on the lifesaving brass safety lamps produced by E. Thomas & Williams, Ltd. of Aberdare, South Wales. While supplying ample light, these Cambrian Safety Lamps’ main function was to detect the presence of explosive methane gas, a constant hazard to underground miners. The flame inside the lamp’s chamber could be “read” for dangerous levels of gas by observing specified changes in its color and shape.
Models: 4120, 4124 & 4126
These models have been simplified from the original lamps used in the mines and are for personal use only. They do not have the required safety features for underground use. The E. Thomas & Williams, Ltd. lamps are constructed of solid metals and are made following the design specifications of the original lamps.
Models: R-400, R-401
These models are replica lamps made for the personal enjoyment only by the sons and daughters of former miners in South Wales. They can be lit.
Models: R-402, R-403
These are non-functional models meant for ornamental use only.
We guarantee our lamps for 30 days.
If you are not completely satisfied, you can return your purchases for a full refund during this time.