Miners lamp buying guide

In the photograph above are a trio of GR6S Garforth Deputies lamps, the lamp on the left has the deputies check number stamped into the centre of the badge.

Whether you are thinking of buying a miners lamp or want more information on a mining lamp you own we will be adding tips and answers to common questions in this guide. it will help you to check the authenticity of a mining lamp and its provenanceEach title is also a link to the video on our YouTube channel to help you identify your lamp.Checking if a miners lamp is genuine youtube video



Since the early 1900’s for a miners lamp to be used underground it had to pass the straight edge test against the glass, practically speaking it means the lamp has to have 5 standard wires or columns around the glass. So for a mining lamp to be authentic from 1900 onwards it must have 5 wires.

Miners lamp locking mechanisms

From the early 1900’s lamps for use underground had to have a lock to prevent them being opened underground. The most common locks were crimped lead wire and later locks opened with a magnet.

Checking the age of a miners lamp

Most Protector Lamps have the year they were made stamped in the brass plate below the glass. 67/ is for 1967.

Most used pit lamps will look bruised and battered but would still be kept in full working order in the Lamp Room. Upto the 1990’s Lamp Men would have the skills to completely rebuild a lamp and they would order parts in from Protector Lamp.

From the late 1990’s the changes at the Pits lead to them ordering complete components and in some cases new lamps. So on a pit lamp it is possible to have a middle from the 1980’s, a top from the 1990’s and a vessel from the 00’s ( 2000’s).

Presentation lamps usually will have all the main components from the year of manufacture.