Made from Iron. The Sylvester’s came in 3 parts, the Sword, Box/Handle and Load Pulling Chain. Size Handle 3′ feet long, Box 6″ x 4″ x 2″ inches, Sword 3′ feet long.
The Sylvester’s Pullers were invented by Mr Walter Sylvester 1867-1944. He invented them as a safe way to extract timbers from the coal face, they were used for other purposes such as conveyor belt tensioning, pulling drams back on road, moving machinery etc though they were dangerous to use also heavy to carry around underground.
Later an Aluminium set was introduced though Aluminium being light is also soft compared to Iron and under great tension it would strip the teeth off the Sword and cause many accidents. Also Aluminium was seen as a possible cause of explosions in coal mines so the new sets of Sylvester’s wasn’t looked on very favourably.
Also known as “Dogs” and “Bullers”.