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Miners pick? Information


#1

Here’s something interesting I bought today at the Riccarton market, I can’t see makers marks or such on it, any info would be appreciated.


#2

Well, it is a miners pick - most likely a coal miner (My Grandfather had one with the exact same head arrangement in the living room in the West Midlands). Age, I’m guessing early 1900’s?? based on his age.


#3

reminds me of ned kelly with his arms stretched out:gun:


#4

Thanks for that. Coal mining didn’t even cross my mind.


#5

That one looks a bit smaller than a ‘universal’ miners pick.
About eight years ago I lost one the same when I accidently left it in the Lindis River at Goodgers Flat.
Very handy picks to have.
I dont know if you can get them now but have every reason to believe that you could get them new fifty years ago as we had half a dozen full size Universal Miners picks with the iron ferrule on the handle.
I do have at least ten heads which I had picked up over the years on the goldfields, lost or left behind by gold miners long gone.


#6

Thanks for that Lammerlaw, do you have a picture and dimensions of a universal miners pick?


#7

I have not got one here because I smashed the handles of all of them but will see whats out at my fathers place as he might still have one or two.
I have plenty of old time miners pick heads but dont know if they were the type with the steel ferrule on them.