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Lead Mining in the Yorkshire Dales
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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