Miscellaneous

Underground Klaxon Horn

Underground Klaxon Horn. A small mechanical klaxon horn. Used in the mining industry to alert men to the dangers of moving machinery such as coal cutters etc or maybe to be alerted to any shotfiring. Made from iron and brass. Size 6″ x 5″. They were housed in a steel box with a lever to press to activate the plunger ... Read More »

Domestic Fireside Pokers

Domestic Fireside Pokers.  A set of domestic fireside pokers (Poker and Scraper) hand-forged in the blacksmiths shop at Rose Heyworth Colliery. Made from iron and plastic. Size 23″ inches. The poker handles (as seen left) are the control knobs from an underground Eimco Bucket.   Read More »

Rose Heyworth Colliery Surface Plan

Rose Heyworth Colliery Surface Plan. Abertillery New Mine – Rose Heyworth Section. Rose Heyworth Colliery surface plan. The one and only original N.C.B. plan. Size 6′ x 2′ foot.  Rose Heyworth Colliery and Cwmtillery Colliery had always been connected below ground from the time of the former’s sinking between 1874-75, though in 1959 a new drift was driven between the ... Read More »

Midget Miner Booklet – Cwmtillery Colliery 1961

National Coal Board File. N.C.B. File South Western Division, Area No6 – International Exchange of Students visit 1961. The file contains detailed information and plans on the Marine Colliery Trepanner and the Abertillery New Mine (Cwmtillery Section) Midget Miner.   This file has about seventy pages of information on the Marine Colliery and Abertillery New Mine (Cwmtillery Section), with many ... Read More »

South Wales Collieries – Mobile Winder Information File

South Wales Collieries – Mobile Winder Information File. This official N.C.B file for the use of the mobile winder in the case of any accident of breakdown of the fixed-winders was compiled by the N.C.B for the purpose of cataloguing the details of each shaft in the collieries of South Wales that was open in the early to late 1980’s. ... Read More »

Miners Domestic Firewood Blocks

Miners Domestic Firewood Blocks. There was an unwritten agreement in the collieries of South Wales that each working miner was entitled to one block of wood per day for domestic use, for fire-wood. The blocks (as seen above in the featured image) were 9″ x 6″ inches on average and were cut by the working miners, from timber props which ... Read More »

Cwmtillery Colliery – Steam Winder Indicator

Cwmtillery Colliery Steam Winder Indicator. This brass hand was used to indicate the position of the cages in the shaft during winding. This indicator hand is from Cwmtillery Colliery, Abertillery. These brass indicator hands were taken from the colliery when the steam winding engines were replaced with electrical winders sometime in the 1940’s or 1950’s. There were two winders in ... Read More »

N.C.B. Coal Sack

N.C.B. Coal Sack. An old hessian N.C.B. coal sack with name plate and copper rivets. There is also faint N.C.B. lettering imprinted on the front of the sack. Size 31″ x 26″ inches. The National Coal Board used to give concessionary coal allowances to its employees. The amount of the allowance of coal varied throughout the United Kingdom. In Wales ... Read More »

An Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron & Coal Co Ltd Ink Blotter

An Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron & Coal Co Ltd Ink Blotter. The sticker states it is a combined paperweight and ink blotter made by the London Sand Blast Decorative Glass Works Ltd, 58a Grey’s Inn Road, WC. Made of glass and a chalk, plaster material. Size 4″ x 3″ x 1″ inches. The Company. The Ebbw Vale Steel Iron & ... Read More »

A Dramline Crossrail Junction

A Dramline Crossrail Junction. This is an old section of a “Bridge Rail” dramline crossrail junction for the underground transportation system. The piece was used in a coalmine or level and laid at the section of rail where it split into two at junctions or partings etc. It has holes for it to be attached to wooden sleepers with dog-nails.  ... Read More »

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