Wendy Hamilton Antiques

 Westphalian Frog Miners Mining Lamp 19th C

$375CAD

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WESTPHALIAN FROG MINERS MINING LAMP 19th C

This iron and brass miner's lamp was probably made in Westphalia Germany circa 1858. These lamps were exported to America from Germany.

 Most 'Frog Lamps' from Westphalia are characterized by a small lid in the top of the font. The lid is opened using a wing nut connected to a latch under the lid. Westphalia lamps have a hanging hook shaped like a question mark (Sheppard's hook). The heart shape semi-circular brass shield is marked 'GLUCK AUF' and decorated with crossed hammers. The latch handle is also heart shaped.

Glück Auf; is the traditional German miners' greeting. It describes the hope of the miners:  ("I wish you luck in opening a new lode"). The greeting also expressed the desire that miners would return safely from the mine after their shift.

Reference: Frog Lamps Wendell E Wilson p.53

Condition: As found. No damage or repairs. See photos.

Approximate Dimensions:  (L) 4”, (H) 4”.