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Re: 8 Mile Creek pick head

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:23 am
by whitehunter
Great cleanup on the pick head , shows the grain structure of what i assume is hand forging . I found an all steel sledge hammer at Lefroy that shows similar structure . Bit hard to see in this photo but up close it's very visible . Modern hammer is for size comparison .

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Re: 8 Mile Creek pick head

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:33 pm
by warrenaw
Hi Tagalong.
I guess you haven't read the book "Alluvial Gold in Tasmania'
Here's a link to download it. It's a very good read.

http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/mrtdoc/dominf ... MR11_2.pdf

Re: 8 Mile Creek pick head

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:36 pm
by warrenaw
Hi Whitehunter.
Its very similar indeed. Love to know how old the pick and your sledgehammer are. Style of the things has never changed, so you can't tell from that. I'd like to believe the pick is from the 1879 or 1912 'gold rushes'.

Re: 8 Mile Creek pick head

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:20 pm
by whitehunter
Half the fun is imagining who used the item and when , finding old gold scale weights is a real buzz as the imagination runs riot with how many ounces of yellow they may have weighed . My sledge came from the latter part of Lefroy so i'm thinking 1890-1910 . Great hobby we have eh !