Tools

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 Dobbie Key

A Dobbie Key. A Dobson “Dobbie Key”. Made from hollow iron tube, solid iron head. Size 16″ inches long. The head is 2″ inches wide with the handle being 1″ inch in diameter.  This key was used to pump up the hydraulic Dobson dobbie pit props on the coal face by placing the key into the pumping valve on the ... Read More »

A Dowty Key

A Dowty Key. Made from solid iron. Size 14 1/2″ inches long. The head is 2″ inches wide with the handle being 3/4″ of an inch diameter.  This key was used to pump up the hydraulic Dowty pit props on the coal face by placing the key into the pumping valve on the side of the prop and move the ... Read More »

A Plough Punch – Roseheyworth Colliery

A Plough Punch. Made from iron. Size 9″ x 1″ inches tapering to a 1/4″ of an inch. This punch was used to knock the pins out of the coal cutter head that held the cutter bits into the plough coal cutter (used on the Garw coal seams). This punch came from Rose Heyworth Colliery, Abertillery.  Read More »

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