A 'Striker' Used in Smelting Lead
A hammer like implement with outlined letters on the hammering faces. Smaller mills used ‘strikers´ to mark pigs of lead with the mill´s identification. Lead is a soft metal so once the pigs were cooled they were struck with the company mark with a set of these hammer-like tools. Each tool has two letters (one on each end of the head).
Photograph © 2006 Carol Haynes