"Nicholas Nickleby" was a work of fiction. However, Davy-type lamps,
some specially made and sold for that purpose, were used to warm the
sumps and radiators of petrol-engined vehicles in garages during the
first half of the 20th century, the gauze providing some protection
against igniting petrol fumes.
On 14/11/2018 19:03, margaret and michael shaw wrote:
> It had never occurred to me that a safety lamp would be used anywhere other
> than as necessary in a mine but reading Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby I found
> a reference to a lady carrying a Davy lamp on a coach, how many other
> such uses existed?
> Mike Shaw
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