Miners Helmet

Virtual Museum ID: 19-BMM09

Specimen Summary

Miners helmet used to protect a miners head from injury due to falling objects/low ceilings in tunnels and to provide hands free light

Interestingly, before hard hats were used, miners used soft caps that simply held their light in place but offered no protection. The light here is a carbide lamp that ran on acetylene gas.

Specimen Data


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Britannia Mining Museum (BBM)

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Off Display, Not Public

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Britannia Beach, B.C.

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Britannia Mining Museum

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10 (NAD 83)

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Miners Helmet

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