19th Century Geological Hammer / Archaeological Pick

19th Century Geological Hammer / Archaeological Pick

Stock Number: FG_22003


An early and very rare geological hammer, or an archaeological pick (could be both) made of one-cast solid steel with wooden handle cheeks.


Length 29 cm.


ca. 1880-1890

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history, Surveying Instruments & Mining, Other Technology Antiques, Tools


This is a late 19th-century geological hammer and/or an archaeological pick. Length is 29 cm, weight: about 700 gr. It is probably English. In my 40 years as a geo-archaeologist, this is the first example of such an early tool of this kind that I saw.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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