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.
Pick constructed from a ferrous metal head and long wood handle. The head is symmetrical, with a long thin point at each end.
Transfer from National Museum of Victoria, 1871
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.
Type of item
Exhibition Collection Management
585 mm (Length), 72 mm (Width), 70 mm (Height), 1.8 kg (Weight)
52 cm (Length), 45 cm (Width), 6 cm (Height), 1.9 kg (Weight)
PICK HEAD 45 cm ACROSS, HANDLE 51.5 cm LONG.
65 mm (Length), 466 mm (Width), 581 mm (Height)
Measurement From Conservation.
585 mm (Length), 470 mm (Width), 70 mm (Height)
Measurement From Conservation. Measuring Method: measured laying flat on the table