Mining Items

Negretti & Zambra Mining Borehole Thermometer

Negretti & Zambra Mining Borehole Thermometer. This instrument is what is believed to be a mining borehole thermometer. The glass mercury filled thermometer tube is encased in a cut-away brass tube with a screw top and suspension hanger. The bottom of the brass tube is pierced around the area where the mercury reservoir sits.    Made from brass and glass. ... Read More »

Millendreath Miners Holiday Village

Millendreath Holiday Village. This booklet was published in January 1965 to advertise the proposed Millendreath Miners Holiday Village that was intended to be constructed in a small valley two miles east of Looe in Cornwall. It is a 16 page booklet, size 7″ x 5″ inches, full of information and photographs of the village and it states the following – ... Read More »

N.C.B. Tarring Brush

N.C.B. Tarring Brush. This brush used for tarring was made by Briton for the National Coal Board and stamped N.C.B. Made from wood and bristle. The bristles are wound with copper wire to hold them in place.  Size 15″ x 5″ inches and stamped 10 ounces. Read More »

A National Coal Board Car Club Badge

A National Coal Board Car Club Badge. This badge is a grill, bonnet or bumper attachment badge for the National Coal Board Car Club.  These badges were issued to the members of the car club to display on their automobiles. The branch of the club was the Monmouthshire Division of the South Western Area. At the centre of the badge ... Read More »

Pit Pony Hames – Shoulder Harness

Pit Pony Hames. This is a pit pony harness hames, a shoulder yoke. Placed over the shoulders and resting on the front of the chest of a horse or pony and strapped with a harness to pull loads. Made from iron with a wooden core with iron attachments. Size 30″ inches in length. Dated unknown, though seems to be early ... Read More »

The Newport Abercarn Black Vein Steam Coal Company Limited – A Letter of Confirmation of Share Certificate

The Newport Abercarn Black Vein Steam Coal Company Limited – A Letter of Conformation of Share Certificate. This letter of confirmation of a share certificate was given by the secretary of the company Mr J. E. Clark to gentleman (illegible) on the 20th January 1875. It is five shares in the company which at this time each share was £10 ... Read More »

A Steel Coal Wedge

A Steel Coal Wedge. A steel wedge made by Hardypick Ltd, Sheffield, England. This wedge is a No.397 and is 2lb in weight. There were seven different sizes of this wedge made by Hardypick – 1lb, 1 1/2lb, 2lb, 2 1/2lb, 3lb, 3 1/2lb and a 4lb version. Made from steel. Size 8″ x 1 1/2″ x 1″ inch. Weight ... Read More »

A Miners Pry Bar

A Miners Pry Bar. This type of miners pry bar had many uses from levering coal and rocks from the coal face and headings to moving and aligning machinery etc. The majority of these bars were made from old rock boring drill rods though this example is a purpose made pry bar made from strengthened 1″ and a 1/4″ inch ... Read More »

A Dowty Hydraulic Pit Prop

A Dowty Hydraulic Pit Prop. This is a Dowty brand hydraulic pit-prop known as the “Dowty Duke”. There was an earlier design made by Dowty which had a different pumping mechanism and key. Made from iron. Size 3′ feet x 5″ inches. There were two types of hydraulic pit-prop of this same design used in the colliery in the 1970’s, ... Read More »

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