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Pickaxes Collection

"Unearthing History: The Mighty Pickaxes at Work" Journey back in time to the East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall in 1893 as pickaxes chipped away at the rugged walls

Background imagePickaxes Collection: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Under-hand stoping at the 170 level. The miner on the left is using a pick while to his right two pares are boring holes for blasting

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Garden tools used by the Royal children

Garden tools used by the Royal children. 3 Swiss Cottage, Osborne

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: the Dannewerk, Redoubt No. 11, 1864

Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: the Dannewerk, Redoubt No. 11, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: the Dannewerk, Redoubt No. 11, 1864. View of...Redoubt No. 11

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: battery on the...Dannewerk, 1864

Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: battery on the...Dannewerk, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: battery on the summit of the Dannewerk, 1864. View of...the summit with a battery of guns

Background imagePickaxes Collection: The works of the Metropolitan extension railway in Smithfield, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

The works of the Metropolitan extension railway in Smithfield, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
The works of the Metropolitan extension railway in Smithfield, [London], 1864. View from the bottom of Cow-cross and St. John-street towards the south-west

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Celebration at Jersey of the Opening of the Channel Islands Telegraph, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Celebration at Jersey of the Opening of the Channel Islands Telegraph, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Celebration at Jersey of the Opening of the Channel Islands Telegraph, 1858. View of...the scene of popular excitement on the occasion in the streets of St. Helier

Background imagePickaxes Collection: The Revolution in Sicily - the Sicilians demolishing the Fort of Castellamare at Palermo... 1860

The Revolution in Sicily - the Sicilians demolishing the Fort of Castellamare at Palermo... 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Revolution in Sicily - the Sicilians demolishing the Fort of Castellamare at Palermo - from a sketch by T. Nast, 1860

Background imagePickaxes Collection: The Revolution in Sicily - the Sicilians demolishing the Fort of Castellamare at Palermo... 1860

The Revolution in Sicily - the Sicilians demolishing the Fort of Castellamare at Palermo... 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Revolution in Sicily - the Sicilians demolishing the Fort of Castellamare at Palermo - from a sketch by T. Nast, 1860

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Members of the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps at work by torchlight in the gardens... 1862

Members of the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps at work by torchlight in the gardens... 1862. Creator: Unknown
Members of the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps at work by torchlight in the gardens of Burlington House, Piccadilly, clearing the ground for a drill-shed, 1862

Background imagePickaxes Collection: The Diggers, 1918 (etching)

The Diggers, 1918 (etching)
3057642 The Diggers, 1918 (etching) by Smith, Percy John Delf (1882-1948); 15.9x21.6 cm; Private Collection; Abbott and Holder, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Coal miner working deep below ground by light of Davy Lamp, early 19th century

Coal miner working deep below ground by light of Davy Lamp, early 19th century (hand-coloured engraving)
3245426 Coal miner working deep below ground by light of Davy Lamp, early 19th century (hand-coloured engraving) by British School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Pictures

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Two Peasants digging with Pickaxes, c. 1844 - 1846 (pen

Two Peasants digging with Pickaxes, c. 1844 - 1846 (pen
1217631 Two Peasants digging with Pickaxes, c. 1844 - 1846 (pen and brown ink on slightly discoloured white paper) by Millet, Jean-Francois (1814-75); 22.8x30.6 cm; Ashmolean Museum

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Housesteads (bodycolour on paper)

Housesteads (bodycolour on paper)
1214127 Housesteads (bodycolour on paper) by Richardson, Henry Burdon (fl.1828-72); 57.7x41.8 cm; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; eTyne & Wear Archives & Museums; British, out of copyright

Background imagePickaxes Collection: At the Camp of Exercise, Delhi, India (engraving)

At the Camp of Exercise, Delhi, India (engraving)
1061847 At the Camp of Exercise, Delhi, India (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: At the Camp of Exercise, Delhi, India)

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Poster advertising Heart of the Klondike by Scott Marble, 1897 (colour litho)

Poster advertising Heart of the Klondike by Scott Marble, 1897 (colour litho)
1199905 Poster advertising Heart of the Klondike by Scott Marble, 1897 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Magnetite mine (chromolitho)

Magnetite mine (chromolitho)
2788761 Magnetite mine (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Magnetite mine. Liebig card, published in late 19th or early 20th century)

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Members of the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Corps at Work by Torchlight in the Gardens of

Members of the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Corps at Work by Torchlight in the Gardens of Burlington House
1620092 Members of the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Corps at Work by Torchlight in the Gardens of Burlington House, Piccadilly, clearing the Ground for Drill-Shed (engraving) by English School

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Soldiers brought in to Coventry to help with the clear up following the heavy German air

Soldiers brought in to Coventry to help with the clear up following the heavy German air raid of the 14th November 1940. During the raid 4

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Coal Miners Waiting To Go On Their Shift. From The Worlds Inhabitants By G. T

Coal Miners Waiting To Go On Their Shift. From The Worlds Inhabitants By G. T. Bettany Published 1888
Coal Miners Waiting To Go On Their Shift. From The Worlds Inhabitants By G.T. Bettany Published 1888

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Quarrymans Tools 18th C

Quarrymans Tools 18th C
Various tools including pickaxes and hammers, used by quarriers in 18th century France. Date: Circa 1760

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Switzerland - Ascending a glacier

Switzerland - Ascending a glacier
Switzerland - Fice climbers scale a glacier Date: circa 1910s

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Stoneworkers Tools 18Th

Stoneworkers Tools 18Th
Various tools including pickaxes, hammers and measuring instruments used by stoneworkers and masons in 18th century France. Date: Circa 1760

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Ice Grotto - Eiger Glacier

Ice Grotto - Eiger Glacier
An Ice grotto cut into glacier on the lower slopes of the Eiger Mountain, Switzerland

Background imagePickaxes Collection: Home Defence, World War I

Home Defence, World War I
Home Defence, Wandsworth Battalion digging trenches on Wandsworth Common during World War I in August 1917


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"Unearthing History: The Mighty Pickaxes at Work" Journey back in time to the East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall in 1893 as pickaxes chipped away at the rugged walls, revealing precious minerals. "The Diggers, " an etching from 1918 captures the determination of miners wielding pickaxes, their sweat and toil etched into history. Witness a coal miner's arduous task deep below ground by the dim light of a Davy Lamp through an early 19th-century hand-colored engraving. Peasants from c. 1844-1846 diligently dig with pickaxes, showcasing their unwavering dedication to hard labor in pursuit of sustenance and survival. Housesteads comes alive on paper as bodies strain against rocky terrain armed with pickaxes - a testament to human resilience throughout centuries. At the Camp of Exercise in Delhi, India, an engraving immortalizes soldiers using pickaxes for groundwork – forging unity through shared effort and purpose. Step into the Klondike Gold Rush era with a vibrant litho poster advertising "Heart of the Klondike, " where prospectors relied on sturdy pickaxes for fortune-seeking endeavors. A mesmerizing chromolitho unveils magnetite miners' relentless quest for iron ore – their trusty pickaxe leading them deeper into Earth's treasures. South Middlesex Rifle Volunteers Corps illuminate Burlington House Gardens by torchlight while clearing grounds for drill-sheds – united by teamwork and resilient tools like pickaxes (engraving). Soldiers brought into Coventry post-German air raids find solace amidst rubble; wielding mighty pickaxes they rebuild what was lost - strength born from destruction (historic image). Explore Cyprus' occupation through an evocative engraving capturing locals employing their trusted tool -the humble but powerful pickaxe- to shape their destiny.