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Antique Canary Cage for Coal Miners

Year: 19th century - early 20th century

Weight:2.5 lbs

Unique "Canary in a Coal mine" Coal miners used these during the early years of coal mining.I'm not sure how long ago this method of making sure the air in the mine was not poisonous but they were used until there were safer more accurate methods. The miners would actually take a canary or other song bird down into the mines,If the bird keeled over it was time to get the heck out! Sounds like animal cruelty but this is how it was done.I'm sure very few of these survive.Id say this one dates about 1880-1900.Completely original.