I have recently changed the website to move things around so that it’s better suited for updates and new additions. Please check back regularly as I improve and add content!
I’m often asked about how to get in contact with other collectors and information on upcoming mining artifact shows. Check out this link to Eureka Magazine to participate in a collectors’ forum and information on upcoming events. Also check out happenings of the Eastern Mining Collectors Association at Eastern Mining Collectors Association . The next mining shows are scheduled for:
February 3, 2018 at Tucson, Arizona
April 7, 2018 at Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky
June 2, 2018 at Nevada City, California and
June 16, 2018 at Ouray, Colorado
The newest additions are two original mining supply catalogues. The first is an early 1910 edition of the Queen City Supply Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. This 1132 page catalogue includes supplies for railroads, mills, mines, quarries, machinists, lumbermen, foundries and blacksmiths. The Queen City Supply Company was organized in 1890 as the successor to the Post and Company supply departments which had been in existence for more than a quarter of a century. The catalogue offers early versions of Baldwin carbide lamps including wet mine lamps with and without the attachment on top for use with candlesticks. This is the only ad I’ve ever seen for the wet mine Baldwin with the candlestick attachment, an extremely rare lamp. The second catalogue is the General and Electrical Catalogue No. 99 for the venerable Denver firm of Hendrie & Bolthoff Manufacturing and Supply Company. Established in 1861, this company’s No. 99 Catalogue is dated 1924 and presents 1786 pages of machinery and equipment of all kinds including blasting supplies, mining lamps, ore cars, cages, and other mining supplies to name a few. I’ve scanned several pages from each catalogue of mining related items. Have fun checking them out.
I collect mining books so I thought I’d share selected image scans of some of my favorite obscure out-of-copyright titles covering mines, miners and their history. I recently acquired a rare fabulous special first edition of Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Illustrated by Henry L. J. Warren and Robert Stride. Originally published in 1896, this is one of the finest known view books of a gold mining camp. Full of 104 pages of photos of mines, buildings, early town views, and other area development, the book was a promotional item for investors interested in the local gold mining operations. Eighteen pages of double columns list all the area mining companies and their holdings. I was preparing to scan several pages to include on my web site when I discovered that google books had already scanned a similar complete copy of the book in the New York Public Library. I’ve included a link to that scan for your enjoyment.
Over the past few months, I’ve added a few new and interesting hard-to-find items to my online museum. Most recently, a Pickands Mather Company safety award carbide cap lamp manufactured by Justrite was added. The Pickands Mather safety awards story is an interesting one that reflects on the iron mining companies of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and their pattern of paternalism to keep their employees happy and stem the influence of disruptive labor unions during the early 1900s. An increased emphasis on miner safety was a key aspect of this “keep the unions out” approach and the reason behind the safety first awards. Check out the Pickands Mather Safety Awards pics and the related story in my Miscellaneous Mining Items section. Other recent additions include a special-edition Justrite XRay lamp with the Hardsocg Imperial marked base, a Justrite Jiffy three bottom carbide carrier and an interesting copper wire candlestick. Justrite Mfg. Co. sold two special-edition cap lamps based on the XRay design to other companies complete with each company’s own private-label stamping. Both are hard to find. One of these, already shown in my cap lamp pics, is marked on the base for the Emmons-Hawkins Hardware Co. of Huntington, WV and the Fulton Tool Works. The new addition is the much harder to find lamp with the Hardsocg Imperial marking on the base. Both come from the 1919 timeframe. Multiple carbide base carriers are popular with collectors and difficult to find in nice condition. The Jiffy carrier is no exception. Patented by chief Justrite designer Augie Hansen, the Jiffy carrier includes three unfired bases with the fancy Jiffy marking. The copper wire candlestick is the only one I’ve ever seen. Found at the Smuggler Mine outside Aspen, Colorado, it seems to go nicely with other copper sticks from the Butte, Montana area. Other recently added items include a brass carbide bicycle lamp known and marked as the Baldwin acetylene lamp (with original wooden box), a Grier three bottom carbide carrier, and an early Western Federation of Miners ribbon for the Terry’s Peak South Dakota No. 5 miners’ union. The Baldwin lamp is the subject of Frederic E. Baldwin’s noteworthy patent for an acetylene gas lamp filed on Oct. 18, 1899 and awarded on Aug. 28, 1900 as patent No. 656,874. The lamp is historically significant in that the follow-on modification to this lamp known as the Full Moon became the first carbide lamp advertised and marketed for mining use. The Grier carrier, ca. late 1910s, includes three unfired brass bases each with a smooth bottom seam and three ribs embossed on the side. The Western Federation of Miners (WFM) ribbons are also very popular with collectors. The Terry’s Peak Miners’ Union was organized on Aug. 12, 1891 and represented the miners of South Dakota’s Ruby Basin Mining District. The Terry’s Peak union along with fellow South Dakota miners’ unions in Lead and Deadwood were all early members of the WFM. I’ve also added a couple souvenir spoons to that section of pics to introduce historically interesting mining locations. The Porterhouse Turquoise Mines of Silver City, NM were the start of commercial turquoise mining in the United States. Another copper spoon is associated with Copper Flat and the famed open-pit copper mines of eastern Nevada around the early part of the twentieth century. I hope you enjoy the site and find it as interesting as I do in putting it together.