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Pick - Double-headed, Victoria, circa 1860s Object Reg. No: ST 019661

Summary:
Miner's sinking double-headed pick used in Victoria for alluvial gold mining, circa 1860s.

The double headed pick was used for shaft sinking whilst the single-headed poll pick was used undergound for driving tunnels and picking out washdirt.
Description:
Pick constructed from a ferrous metal head and long wood handle. The head is symmetrical, with a long thin point at each end.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1871
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 70 mm (Height), 72 mm (Width), 585 mm (Length)
Weight: 1.8 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: economic geology, gold mining, picks
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MINING & METALLURGY
Secondary Classification: Extraction - Gold
Tertiary Classification: hand tools
Inscriptions: Maker's details are stamped into the surface of one side of the pick: 'P.C. PERKINS & Co. / WATERFORD N.Y. / CAST STEEL / WARRANTED'.
The number '2' is faintly visible in white paint on the centre of the pick head; this probably dates from first display in the museum.
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1851-1875

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