Davy lamp

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Davy lamp

[′dā·vē ‚lamp]
(mining engineering)
An early safety lamp with a mantle of wire gauze around the flame to dissipate the heat from the flame to below the ignition temperature of methane.
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QI HAVE a very special miner's Davy lamp, a self-igniting model which came out in the early 1950s.
The village of 600 permanent souls has an air of artificiality: a plastic identity - all stovepipe hats and Davy lamps - moulded out of its visitors' sepia-tinged preconceptions rather than harvested from its own roots.
It also included flat caps, Davy lamps and coal shovels, all capturing the rich heritage of the region.
Gordon's firm used to produce thousands of Davy lamps, used by miners to detect dangerous gases.