Known types of Blasting Caps used in Bisbee’s underground mines
These are the known types of blasting caps used in Bisbee’s underground mines. Bisbee almost exclusively, used fire fuse caps underground until end of operations. The fear of stray electricity underground prevent widespread use of electric blasting caps. Only one blasting cap box was found in the leaser areas. Electric caps were used in other areas but the types are unknown.
Different sizes of fire fuse blasting caps from top to bottom No.8, No.6, No.3
California Cap Co.
Quintuplex (no.5) blasting cap tin
Standing lion type tin comes in No. 6 and No.8 sizes Circa 1906-1920
Lion tin type comes in No. 6 and No.8 with Hercules Powder Company label . Starting in 1921 Apache powder company label tins were used
Triplex (no.3) blasting cap tin
Blasting Cap Dangerous type comes in No. 6 and No.8 with Apache powder company label
Illinois Western Cartridge Company
Atlas Chemical Industries
Box ends for electric blasting caps found underground in Bisbee
Hercules Powder Company
No .8 Hercules Powder tin
Western No.6 tin with a No.6 blasting cap
Western No 8. Tin with No. 8 blasting caps
Western Cartridge Company
Illinois Western No.8 Blasting cap tin
Olin Industries Inc.
Paper Olin Blasting cap box with Thermalite connectors.
Paper Western No.6 Blasting cap box with fuse, spitter cord and thermalite connectors
Very early tin with tabbed bottom no surviving markings
Richard Graeme IV 2010, pers. comm., 8 February .
Richard Graeme III 2010, pers. comm., 2 February.
Martin Andy 1991,Blasting Cap Tin Catalog,
E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co (Inc)
Dupont N0.6 blasting caps